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July 2016
Spring Onion
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Catherine Dwyer, also known as the guitarist for the alt-rock outfit Sports, offers fans the perfect soundtrack for summer feelings with the release of her solo EP Please Relax. Recorded under the moniker Spring Onion, her new album is DIY at its best. Mostly written and recorded within the walls of her Philadelphia home, Please Relax is an intimate portrait of yearning, infused with dream-pop nostalgia, heartfelt riffs, and candid poetics.

 

“Egg (Driving Song),” the EP’s opener, unfolds with an Aimee Mann-meets-Girlpool earnestness. Telling the story of a commute clouded by desire, the song is a catchy confessional, with lines like “I'm sorry for what I said and didn't say” and “I'll write songs about my flaws/cause that's a way to self absolve.” The lo-fi grit of Dwyer’s anthem instantly tugs at the heartstrings, transforming even the most jaded listener into a hopeful romantic with each iteration of its fuzzed-out beats.

 

That sentiment is extended on "Chili". Twangy chords are quickly followed by Dwyer’s straightforward but evocative vocals, bringing to mind Built To Spill’s “Carry the Zero” and B-sides by indie darlings like The Babies. The track, although laidback, is unflinchingly sincere, the steady build of its instrumentation, urging its audience to actively listen and exist in the moment. The hissing snare and piano of “Poem 3 (Piano)” cast a similar spell, making each reprise of “but I don’t live alone” a testament to the millennial plight of finding solace in a shared space, while the EP’s title track and atmospheric closer serves as a suitably melodic mantra to calm the anxieties and emotional side effects of living.

 

Despite its brevity, the openness of Please Relax is astonishingly raw and brave. Listening to her songs will remind you that you’re not alone. - Dianca London

 


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


Silverteeth relocates to Newport, RI and releases self-titled EP

After nearly a decade in Brooklyn, prodigal son Bill Bartholomew is returning home to Rhode Island, together with his band silverteeth.  Alongside this relocation to Newport's tiny but powerful music scene, they also released a self-titled EP, and it feels like the two may be correlated thematically. The project contains guitar-centric, no-nonsense alt-pop that opts for a tight, well-oiled sound. On the record, Bartholomew's voice and guitar each drip with sentimentality, and stir the powerful emotions that occur when going through a major life event, such as a move back home. Silverteeth played a EP release show on July 8 at Aurora in Providence, which should the first of many New England shows to come. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber


Elison Jackson to release new EP and play The Press Room on 7/16

On their latest EP Silver Sounds: Hallucinations,  Elison Jackson, a band split between Philly and New Haven, CT, added an extra layer to their already (very) psychedlic sound, by dropping a record that resembles a psychedlic experience in of itself. Each track on the EP is distinct in genre, thus providing a true "trip' through different kinds of music.  On "Ghost Fucker," they kick-off with a forebodingly minimalist psych-rock song, but then immediately shift to loud guitar-rock on "Thru the Trees." From there they go from folk-pop to psych pop moments, to finish off with a sludgy folk rock song entitled Wal-Mart. Elison Jackson recently released trippy visuals for "Ghost Fucker," and you can catch them at The Press Room with People Like You on July 16.  —Henry Solotaroff-Webber 


Buzz Alert: Yoke Lore (ex Yellerkin) plays LA's The Echo tonight (07.13) + BK Rough Trade on 07.15

Adding to his many creative outlets, Brooklyn artist Adrian Galvin dropped his debut EP Far Shore under his new solo project Yoke Lore on May 6th. The EP bares some resemblance to Galvin's previous work with his band Yellerkin, with some notable departures from it as well. Both groups feature Galvin's distinct, Panda Bear-esque voice, but where Yellerkin's sound could be described as electronic folk-pop, in his solo project Galvin dials down the busy arrangements, acoustic instruments in particular, opting instead for a sparser atmosphere, which allows his sparkling voice to take a more prominent role in the song. After debuting his live show under Yoke Lore at the Northside Fest on June 8th, Galvin will be performing at LA's The Echo tonight (07.13) and then at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on Friday 07.15. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Dream folky bill of NYC locals at Manhattan Inn on July 25 with Wilsen, Belle Mare, and Keenan O'Meara

Three incredibly talented locals sharing a rootsy but dreamy sound will be performing at Manhattan Inn on Monday July 25th. Check out past Deli coverage: Wilsen (who graced the cover of The Deli's issue 36 back in 2013), Belle MareKeenan O'Meara.


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