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April 2016
The Original Crooks and Nannies
"Ugly Laugh
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The Original Crooks and Nannies follow-up to 2015’s Soup For My Girlfriend begins with the sputtering staccato of “Call It Good.” The track’s rhythmic pulse collides flawlessly with Madeline Rafter’s vocals and buzzing synth, supported by a backbeat tailor-made for the dance floor. The album’s opener prepares its listener with ease for the pulsating energy of “Carry Me,” a heartfelt melody that brings to mind the romantics of Matt and Kim or the twee-drenched lyricism of Mates of State. The track’s sentiments are earnest, amplified simultaneously by urgent diction and humming chords. “Carry Me” is a living testament to The Original Crooks and Nannies’ ability to craft love songs so cathartic that it hurts.
 
Similarly, the unabashed desperation of “Throw Out” followed by the electro-hum of “Television” suitably precedes the tangibly raw frustration of “Dates.” For Rafter and her bandmate, Sam Huntington, drinking poison and having smashed teeth proves to be a more desirable fate than going on a date. Even in its state of exaggeration, the track is a potential artifact of our contemporary moment, depicting romance in the age of Tinder and the banality of #netflixandchill. It’s a critique with a memorable hook.
 
“Ghost” is suitably haunting with lines like “I can make you feel/I can make you feel much better” and crashing riffs and cymbals. The narrative of the song, like its namesake, will linger in your mind long after its heartfelt and nearly ethereal end. The intimacy of “Ghost” is transformed into a cinematic nostalgia in “Shake Hands.” Breathing to life an account of suburban antics and shared memories, Rafter and Huntington’s duet-esque ballad is irresistibly sweet, even for the most jaded listener, preparing its audience for the forthright emotives equally fervent in “Crying at the Dog Park.”
 
The woozy start of “Central Heating” and the narrative blends effortlessly into Ugly Laugh’s final track “Holy Wreck.” The album’s closer is an intimate confession paying homage to failures, flaws, and limitations. It’s a veneration of vulnerability and the beauty that can be found between fractures. “Holy Wreck,” much like the songs that precede it, is introspective, a melodic mirror reflecting the complexities of emotion and the adjacent irony of love, making Ugly Laugh the quintessential album that you didn’t know you were waiting for. It begs to be replayed again and again. - Dianca London

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Video Premiere: Masses "Going Under"

We are proud to premiere the Remii Huang directed video for the debut single, "Going Under", from Masses. Forming last year, Masses are Mike Jansen on vocals, guitarists Markham Jenkins and Edgar Quintanilla, Jonathan Walker on bass, and drummer Jon Lewchenko. Their debut single shows a tremendous amount of promise and polish that should have Masses primed for big things.

On the video, lead singer Mike Jansen had this to say; "I think Remii Huang did an amazing job with her vision capturing how opposites can coexist. There's violence and beauty in oil and water. Her ability to take our concept and really bring it to life made the entire process incredibly moving. The whole cast was amazing to work with. It’s not often that I find myself surrounded by such talented visual artists."

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Save The Clocktower "Taboo"

Save The Clocktower has released the title track of their forthcoming EP, Taboo. The EP will be self-released and is dropping on April 8th.

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Teen Cult

The local label Grandpa's Bay has reissued Teen Cult's fantastic self-titled debut cassette (limited to only 15). The album was originally released by Already Dead Tapes back in June 2015. Through the new label you can also download the album for whatever price you would like to pay.

Teen Cult is opening for Maps & Atlases at a sold out show tonight, March 11th, at BuckleDown Brewing.

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Sweet Cobra @ Empty Bottle

Sweet Cobra has released a video for their song "Repo" which appeared on their 2015 release Earth.

You can catch Sweet Cobra at Empty Bottle with like minded local band's Bloodiest, Electric Hawk, and Allen Epley on March 12th.

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Read The Deli's SXSW 2016 "PsycheDELIa" issue online! Yonatan Gat and Lewis Del Mar on the cover

Check out the SXSW 2016 issue of The Deli Mag, now available online, and distributed in print next week in Austin during SXSW's Music Week. You'll find copies of it also at our SXSW Stompbox Exhibit and Synth Space!

Yes, we've done things a little differently this time: we shaped this rag the size of a 7" record, and created a "concept" issue almost entirely dedicated to Psychedelia, with a feature by our editor Brian Chidester about how this musical genre has become more and more influential in the new millennium. The two cover artists, Yonatan Gat and Lewis Del Mar, serve as the two extremes within which Psychedelia has expanded in recent years.

As usual, the issue also gathers:

- A lot of emerging artists (mostly psych this time),
- The winners of The Deli's regional Year End Polls for Emerging Artists,
- The winners of The Deli's Best of 2015 Readers' Polls,
- A section dedicated to the SXSW Stompbox Exhibit and Synth Space

We hope you enjoy the read and get to know some awesome new music.

The Folks at The Deli


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