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August 2014
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
"Sea When Absent
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Sea When Absent opens like a shoegaze-y car crash. The latest album from A Sunny Day in Glasgow doesn’t bother gradually layering melodic elements; they get right to business from millisecond one, hitting you with reverberating electronic tones, orchestral violins, and the crooning vocals of Jen Goma and Annie Fredrickson. It’s a weirdly aggressive move for such an intensely soulful LP, but it’s pretty emblematic of how the record works as a whole. For an album as focused at creating moments of subtle beauty, Sea When Absent doesn’t have the time to let you gradually pick up on it on your own. A Sunny Day in Glasgow is the rare type of band that takes beauty and emotional resonances and waves it around like a chair in a bar fight.
 
In the strictest possible sense, this is a shoegaze-psychedelic-electronica album with a particular emphasis on vocals. But the more you listen; the more you start to discover what a diverse series of musical influences are rattling around in there. Mixing the electronica stylings of Flying Lotus and Saltillo with the indie-pop elements of bands like Death Cab and Phantogram, the basis is a percussion of grungy electronic tones, topped with a combination of guitar and synth, adding just the right balance, while being mixed in with a cavalcade of classical instruments and outlandish effects.
 
But the crown jewel of the album is Goma and Fredrickson’s understatedly gorgeous vocals. They play off, sometimes bizarre, instrumentations perfectly, complimenting them while also adding a fulcrum of relative normalcy to Sunny Day’s outside-the-box compositions. This is what really gives the album its sense of slick melancholy, creating an ambience of stylish vulnerability in tracks like “Byebye Big Ocean (The End),” where there is a sense of crooning sorrow, while “Oh I’m A Wrecker” sees them go much farther into the indie-pop paradigm.
 
While this record maintains the complexity and delightful weirdness of past A Sunny Day in Glasgow albums, it also comes with a newfound sense of clarity, in great part due to the outside production of Jeff Zeigler (of The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile fame). Zeigler is able to successfully piece together the moving parts of this bi-continental band, with mastermind Ben Daniels orchestrating things from the other side of the world in Australia, making the album’s abrupt left turns from spacey psychedelics to grounded punk-pop a little easier to digest. The wealth of ideas rarely feels busy or forced. Sea When Absent is ultimately proof that weird doesn’t necessarily have to mean messy. 

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Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang Record Release Show at The Boot & Saddle Aug. 1

How do you top an incredible music experience like playing drums for a critically acclaimed indie-rock band like Dr. Dog? You travel across the country on a motorcycle to record music with members of bands like Wilco, Spoon, and Apollo Sunshine. That’s exactly what Juston Stens did for the past few years when he wasn’t collaborating with the rotating cast of contributors in The Get Real Gang. The end result of that is the new documentary film I Lay Where I Fall, which documents his bold and exciting journey. And in the spirit of that adventure, he also recorded a new LP, Share the Road, that was nearly half a decade in the making. It showcases his collaborations with the likes of Jessica Lea Mayfield, David Vandervelde, and members of his former Dr. Dog family. The album release party is happening this evening at The Boot & Saddle, where Stens will be jamming with his Get Real crew. They’ll also be joined by pals Goodnight Lights, who most recently released their 3rd full-length, As Far As The Moon, and a music video for the track “Yardwork.” The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Gwen Aucoin) - Bill McThrill


August 2014
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
"Sea When Absent
"
mp3
Sea When Absent opens like a shoegaze-y car crash. The latest album from A Sunny Day in Glasgow doesn’t bother gradually layering melodic elements; they get right to business from millisecond one, hitting you with reverberating electronic tones, orchestral violins, and the crooning vocals of Jen Goma and Annie Fredrickson. It’s a weirdly aggressive move for such an intensely soulful LP, but it’s pretty emblematic of how the record works as a whole. For an album as focused at creating moments of subtle beauty, Sea When Absent doesn’t have the time to let you gradually pick up on it on your own. A Sunny Day in Glasgow is the rare type of band that takes beauty and emotional resonances and waves it around like a chair in a bar fight.
 
In the strictest possible sense, this is a shoegaze-psychedelic-electronica album with a particular emphasis on vocals. But the more you listen; the more you start to discover what a diverse series of musical influences are rattling around in there. Mixing the electronica stylings of Flying Lotus and Saltillo with the indie-pop elements of bands like Death Cab and Phantogram, the basis is a percussion of grungy electronic tones, topped with a combination of guitar and synth, adding just the right balance, while being mixed in with a cavalcade of classical instruments and outlandish effects.
 
But the crown jewel of the album is Goma and Fredrickson’s understatedly gorgeous vocals. They play off, sometimes bizarre, instrumentations perfectly, complimenting them while also adding a fulcrum of relative normalcy to Sunny Day’s outside-the-box compositions. This is what really gives the album its sense of slick melancholy, creating an ambience of stylish vulnerability in tracks like “Byebye Big Ocean (The End),” where there is a sense of crooning sorrow, while “Oh I’m A Wrecker” sees them go much farther into the indie-pop paradigm.
 
While this record maintains the complexity and delightful weirdness of past A Sunny Day in Glasgow albums, it also comes with a newfound sense of clarity, in great part due to the outside production of Jeff Zeigler (of The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile fame). Zeigler is able to successfully piece together the moving parts of this bi-continental band, with mastermind Ben Daniels orchestrating things from the other side of the world in Australia, making the album’s abrupt left turns from spacey psychedelics to grounded punk-pop a little easier to digest. The wealth of ideas rarely feels busy or forced. Sea When Absent is ultimately proof that weird doesn’t necessarily have to mean messy. 

New The Extraordinaires LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

It's been way too long since we've heard a full-length release from the always creative art-popsters The Extraordinaires. They had faced plenty of obstacles over the past few years with the sudden folding of their record label Punk Rock Payroll and multiple band reconfigurations due to founding member Matt Gibson's hiatus as Man Man's multi-istrumentalist and the exodus of drummer Evan Smoker. However, Gibson has returned, and seems more dedicated to succeed with his comrades than ever. And The Extraordinaires appear to have their songwriting mojo back, judging by their new album Dress for Nasty Weather (Color Theory Records), which you can listen to (and purchase) in its entirety below.

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Phreak N’ Queer Arts & Music Festival Kicks Off at PhilaMOCA July 31

Today marks day one of the 4th annual four-day Phreak N’ Queer Arts & Music Festival. The nonprofit event aims to support and embrace many things that we at the Deli are in communion with, providing a forum and voice for a diverse spectrum of artists and recognizing the past while gazing toward the future - meanwhile celebrating the present with a series of excellent artistic exhibitions/shows that are as varied and open-minded as the people that produce, perform and witness them. This evening, PhilaMOCA will host a bill that includes the engaging personal-narrative folk-blues combo of Andrew Bethany Spiers, a.k.a. The Feverfew. The intriguing electro-synth-soul-pop incarnation of Jen Pague-fronted Vita and the Woolf, whom will release their debut EP Fang Song on September 16, will also grace the stage as well as the atmosphere-generating hip-hop creations of Moor Mother Goddess, and the skilled classical improvisations of Brave, among others. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita


New Track: "Christmas Hair" - Joy Riding

Below is a new track from local indie-rock outfit Joy Riding called "Christmas Hair." It's off the band's five-song EP Cute. The group is made up of members from It's a King Thing, Makeout Party, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, and Decathlete. They'll be performing in Philly on Saturday, August 22 at Kung Fu Necktie.

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New Video: "Dirty Laundry" (Live) - Cayetana

Cayetana's Augusta Koch (guitar/vocals) and Allegra Anka (bass) performed an endearing, stripped-down version of "Dirty Laundry" for the most recent Space Jam Sessions. The original appears on the trio's upcoming LP Nervous Like Me (Tiny Engines). The full band will be headlining OK Fest this Friday at West Philly's Golden Tea House. (Photo by Ally Newbold)

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Avery Rosewater Opening for People Get Ready at JB’s July 30

It feels like it’s been a moment since we’ve come across Avery Rosewater in a live setting. The local outfit, fronted by Arches’ Julien Rossow-Greenberg, is a freewheelin’ rock ‘n’ roll band that doesn’t shy away from dreamy reverb on the vocals. They shared a digital single, “Jeff 24,” this past spring, which felt reminiscent of earlier War on Drugs tracks. Avery Rosewater will be opening tonight at Johnny Brenda’s for former Deli NYC print cover boys and girl, People Get Ready, who are particularly known for their entertaining live performances. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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