Artist of the Month

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November 2015
Alex G
"Beach Music
Amid increasingly high/steep expectations, Alex Giannascoli, a.k.a. Alex G, released his latest full-length album Beach Music via Domino. After a jarring, noise-laden percussive “Intro,” “Bug” crawls under your skin and skillfully into your head as its crisp guitar lays the foundation for the song’s mesmerizing tone, stripping down temporarily instrumentally - “and when you go there/you stay there/bug in the crosshair/you stay there.” A momentary electric guitar swell marks the return to movement.
The scratch of acoustic guitar chord changes, and a gloomy organ develops the rained-in, haunting sound of “Thorns.” Conversely, to the weathered weary sound of its predecessor, “Kicker” immediately jumps into action as advancing percussion/guitar dictates a forward blitz of lyrically rhymed oppositions - “White bird in a black cloud… big fight for a small right.” Wrapping tightly woven imagery into a steady downhill stomper, the track sits smooth, whilst retaining a gritty after bite.
“Salt” returns to that head-in-the-clouds, daydreaming ethereal bedroom vibe. Soaked in keys and accented by electronic percussion, the scene is set. “Into my big cloud, I’m flying all the time.” As he watches, opposing deep and child-esque soft vocals stir in a chanting manner, Alex questioningly reemerges - “Did you hear what I said? I’ve got salt in my head,” resolving his issue in a calm yet despairing manner. “Today I washed my hands, I want to be alone, I want to fry.” “Brite Boy” lifts with light-as-a-feather percussion, and its innocent beach-strolling instrumentation is underscored by a playful call-and-return vocal dialogue. Ushered in by the tandem of dashing trumpet and dreary keys, the artist tears himself open, and is left emotionally exposed. “Crying I’m running in love/losing in love/scratching in love/wired in love.”
Alex G continues to evolve, creating songs that aren’t afraid to expose life’s knack for pulling one individual simultaneously in multiple directions. That’s why Beach Music thrives in its ability to paint grey clouds within a sunny landscape or a ray of light bursting through a downpour. His honest, hypnotic melodies and its murkiness pull you in. - Michael Colavita

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Quinn Tsan and Earphoria

Earphoria has released their session with Quinn Tsan. The paired back session was record live at Playroom and is their 5th release in Earphoria's Playroom series. Tsan has a beautifully melodic voice that combine the sultry siren sound with modern record and folk.

You can catch Quinn Tsan at Hideout on November 24th with Sima Cummingham & Co.


Yoko and The Oh No's

Back in February 2014 we shared the self-titled self-released debut album and video from Yoko & The Oh No's. Now the band has signed to Autumn Tone and are release the album officially on October 30th. You can preorder the album here and take another listen to the fantastic single "She Ain't Mine". Yoko & The Oh No's are Max Goldstein on vocals, Max Loebman on guitar, and Stef Roti on drums.


Warik "Wasting Time 4 U"

Last week we brought you the latest single from Warik, and this week we have the colorful video for "Wasting Time 4 U".


Amber Flight

Amber Flight is Moriah Hoyt, Ardin Jameson, Mike Hoyt, and Zach Maa. They released their debut EP, A Bright Star earlier in 2015. The EP is on the lighter, more pop, side of Electro-pop. It's filled with airy vocals and synths, and is a very enjoyable listen. My favorite track is "City Lights" below.

You can catch Amber Flight at The Abbey Pub on October 22nd with House on Mars, Adrian Vera, and Black Rhino. (Photo by Matt Allen)


The Deli's NYC issue #44 is online!

Deli Readers,

I know, it seems like we put our latest issue out just the other day - but no, we haven't switched to monthly. It's just that the fall in NYC is a busy time for us, and with CMJ week and our NYC Synth Expo (linked to BEMF) coming up, there's a lot to write about.

Here's our 44th issue of The Deli NYC (one of our finest!). Check out cover band Stolen Jars, they'll be performing at one of the (several) Deli CMJ 2015 shows!


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