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February 2015
Suburban Living
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Suburban Living’s self-titled debut LP (PaperCup Music) is a memorable showcase of moody dream pop and lush emotives. The anticipated follow-up to the well-received Cooper’s Dream EP and 2013’s “Always Eyes” 7” single, Suburban Living enhances a sound familiar to fans of Beach Fossils, while channeling the percussive pulse and melancholy of post-punk legends like Joy Division. 

Opening with “Faded Lover,” the album’s first track unfolds with guttural riffs and an unrelenting backbeat that perfectly frames frontman Wesley Bunch’s emotionally wrought yet controlled vocals. The song falls somewhere between the driving tempo of Echo & The Bunnymen’s “Stars Are Stars” and The Cure’s “Primary,” making it a suitable metaphor for willing romantics. A crystallization of everything quintessential about the dissonance of post-punk and the catchy melodics of shoegaze, “Faded Lover” lingers like a ghost with its listener, dissipating into a silence that begs for subsequent returns.
 
“New Strings” impresses with cinematic reverb and percussion that gradually swells into a melodic narrative that proves to be just as upbeat as it is brooding. Bunch’s knack for crafting duality and juxtaposition keeps tracks like it from becoming merely sentimental. The sincerity of Bunch’s diction is one equally fostered by disenchantment and passion alike. As if tapping into the emotional core of what made fellow shoegazers The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart so relatable, Suburban Living’s “New Strings” manages to tug at the heartstrings without playing puppeteer. 
 
“Wasted” kick-starts with beach-y chords and mellow diction that intensifies midway through the song’s duration via shouts that seem to beckon a sense of urgency in Bunch’s audience. With ease, it signals a shift in the album’s tone preparing listeners for the more subdued yet earnest “Dazed,” whose instrumentation embodies the state evoked by its namesake. As if it were a millennial epilogue to the sentiments of Psychocandy, the song proves to be just as pensive in its own rite. With jangly hooks and introspective vocals, it feels synonymous with early cuts by Real Estate or a kindred spirit with the unabashed sincerity of the Stone Roses. Here, Bunch is anything but withholding.
 
The dance-y synth and cadence of “No Fall” perfectly compliments the track’s energy. Suburban Living’s sixth track is a probable favorite for fans. “Hotel Unizo” serves as an instrumental prelude to the album’s closer, “Different Coast,” which is similarly orchestrated in the sense that it captivates. Fashioned by straightforward feelings that confess of vulnerability and modes of coping, “Different Coast” is deliberately constructed to mesmerize its listener towards catharsis. 
 
In the end, it is clear that Suburban Living’s latest release is the beginning of something monumental. - Dianca Potts

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2014 Year End Polls For Emerging Artists: Results Scene by Scene

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Mincemeet or Tenspeed's new EP "Waiting on Surfing Bird"

Providence producer David Harms has emerged from the local scene with some fuzzy, disjointed, and over all freaky dance music on his new release “Waiting for Surfin Bird.” Along with occasional touring partner and label mate Unicorn Hard-On, the scene is putting out some great Experiemental dance music that rejected tired build-up-drop-breaktown formula of mainstream EDM. Instead, Mincemeat or Tenspeed relies on ear-tearing rhythmic noise, and minimalistic trancelike repetition slowly evolving throughout the track. Mosh-worthy and spaced out at the same time, Something for the whole freaky family! Brooklyn-based Decoherence Records released “Waiting for Surfin Bird” in October of last year, which was an obscenely good month for New England bands. Some of the tracks can be heard here.


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Grundlefunk Wins The Deli Readers' Best of 2014 Poll

Cramming an 8 piece band on stage can be a challenge at times, but it’s fitting for Grundlefunk’s wild party-like-it’s-1975 sound. Radically syncopated hornlines pull us from phrase to phrase and with Marshal Dominguez’s deep pocket drumming, these guys have no issue getting a crowd to move around. With an effortlessly strong alto voice, Nicole D’Elisa provides an engaging front to group while still showing off her rhythmic proficiency and funky sensitivity. For those into improvised music, Grundlefunk’s solos are always loaded with spicy ideas bouncing from player to player. These guys (and a gal) fly around their instruments, with no sign of tiring soon. They’ll be playing tomorrow night at Radio Bean in their hometown Burlington, VT. Check out their tour schedule here.

 

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Best of New England 2014 for Emerging Artists: Readers' Poll results

Deli Readers,

The Deli New England's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees.

Here is the top ten, and streaming track of the top three bands - which we congratulate!

1. Grundlefunk


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2. Suitcase Junket


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3. Mixx Geo


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Here's this poll's top 10 chart, full results can be found here.

BEST OF NEW ENGLAND 2014 - READERS' POLL RESULTS
 
Artists
Votes
 
1
Grundlefunk
366
2
Suitcase Junket
261
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3
Miss Geo
231
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4
Smooth Antics
193
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5
Derive
96
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6
Pat and the Hats
91
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7
Clara Berry
85
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8
And the Kids
65
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9
BLKBX
61
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10
Jet Black Sunrise
53
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Stay tuned for the composite chart, to be released soon, which will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best EmergingNew England Artist of 2014.

The Deli's Staff


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