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April 2014
Creepoid
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The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 


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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


Purrple

Purrple is the work of Sky Adler and Jay Bends, and together they are preparing to release an EP this summer. The first single from the EP is called "Tide" and features a few bars from Tide K from local hip hop duo The Palmer Squares and wicked "Mr. Sandman" sample. Just breathe!

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Jenny Gillespie "Chamma"

It has been a year of life changes for singer/songwriter Jenny Gillespie. In the last year or so she became a mother, discoved meditation and Buddhism, relocated to California, and recorded a new album called Chamma not necessarily in that order. Chamma (June 3rd, Narooma Records) began as a collection of field recordings on Jenny's phone as she walked around Humboldt Park. At the same time she began to experiment with beat creation and recording directly into phone. Jenny continued to build on those experiments and basically wrote the album as it was begin recorded. The result may surprise you given the process, but it is a beautifully lush and cinematic electro-folk sound.

The album's first single is "Holi". Chamma will be released on June 3rd through Narooma Records, the label Jenny founded to help promote and release work by "established offbeat female artists from across the globe".

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American Football Reunion

The late '90's trio American Football (Mike Kinsella (Cap'n Jazz, Owen, Owls), Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes) are coming back together for two reunion shows. The first show will be on Sept. 28th at The Pygmalion Fest down in Champaign IL. The second show will be in NYC at Webster Hall on Oct. 11th. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday, April 25th.

The reunion will take place after the Polyvinyl reissue of the bands 1999 self-titled album on May 20th. This will be a deluxe relese on 2xLP, 2XCD, cassette, and digitally. The reissue features an album's worth of rare live recordings, demos, and practice sessions.

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Divino Niño @ Canvas

It seems like we have been talking about Divino Niño's album Pool Jealousy for awhile now and earlier this month it was officially on vinyl and digitally by The Native Sound. The album is perfect example of the state of Pysch rock in Chicago.

The band will be celebrating the release on May 9th at Canvas and will also be performing on May 22nd at Double Door with Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas.

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The Wild Family Live Video

The Wild Family recently partnered with Uncommon Ground and The Foxhole to release a unique live video.

The Wild Family also just announced that they will be performing at Schubas on May 14th.

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White Mystery "Dubble Dragon"

White Mystery released and ambitious and raucous double or "Dubble" album called "Dubble Dragon" over the weekend. This is their fourth studio album but also contain live tracks recorded at Double Door. The album is available digitally and on vinyl.

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Bailiff @ 1st Ward

Tonight, April 18th, Bailiff will celebrate the release of their long-awaited LP "Remise". The album will be officially released on the 22nd. The band has release two singles from the new album, "Shake My Heart Awake" and "Helicopter".

You can catch Bailiff on April 18th with Smoker and Brother George at 1st Ward (2033 W. North Ave)

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