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February 2011
"Horse Heaven

“Wishing Well” opens Philly four-piece Creepoid’s latest release Horse Heaven (Ian Records) with foreboding drums and shimmering shakes, creating a threshold of lush orchestration that befittingly frames Sean Miller at the vocal forefront. “Wishing Well” extends audibly as emotively open towards its listener, casting it as a tempered primer to the mood of the album’s progress. Tape music turned nearly folk, Creepoid has evolved from intentionally fuzzed out anthems to empathetic tracks that expand on the band’s strengths while unveiling new instances of melodic genius and concise craft. “Dream Out” begins soft and enchanting, doubling in sound near the two-minute mark with duet worthy repeats of “but I do” compliments of Anna and Pat Troxell. Coupled with psyched out power chords that rip through your soul and Pete Joe Urban’s soaring guitar riffs and strategic reverb, “Dream Out” serves as a lyrical landscape to which Creepoid’s lines are as intelligible as their instrumentation. Like a more brooding Beach House (pre-Teen Dream). The opening tracks of Horse Heaven possess a haunting charm rooted in the band’s ability to nurture their sound as a collective past the predictable. This act of nurturing paints “Staircase” transcendent, its acoustic chords and washed out backup vocals in synergy with quasi-surf rock riffs electrified. Compiling a handful of sub-genre specifications, “Staircase” intermingles an arch of indie tropes, rendering the track much like decoupage, a creation neatly composed of various influences and parts, emerging as something new. In “Emily”, you find two part harmonies and crisp tambourine accents flowing in with an endearing calmness embedding the track’s lyrical structure within the fabric of its instrumental depth subconsciously conjuring up longings for those childhood summer vacation days at the shore. “Hollow Doubt” is where you find former hardcore kids really start to reveal their misspent youth to the listener. Sound recordings and familiar bluesy guitar licks are paired with snaps that escalate into full throttle grunge through the duration of “Grave Blanket” allowing Creepoid to bare some teeth. “Spirit Birds” opens with what sounds like wind and distant riffs that bend, recede then surge forth alongside dissonant clangs of cymbal and quasi-staccato like beats. With a similar melancholy found in the songs of Lehigh Valley experimentalists Soars, Horse Heaven’s latter tracks harbor a mysterious depth that permeates from each outro to intro, placing the album’s title track as bridging the time lapse of “Find You Out” and “Enabler” through melody. Bringing to mind wintery landscapes and a vibe of springtime dusks, Creepoid’s Horse Heaven is definitely an enjoyable eternity if you can see how the fallen angels might be right. You can purchase and download the LP here or grab the vinyl via Ian Records. - Dianca Potts



The Deli’s Best of Philly Emerging Artists Poll - Cast Your Vote!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. If you take a look over to your right, you’ll find a nice list of nominees for The Deli’s Best of Philly Emerging Artist Poll. We’d like to thank this year’s jury (list below) for participating and sharing their thoughts with us about some of their favorite emerging artists of 2010. We obviously wouldn’t have been able to put this list together without them, and we are honored to get to share it with you. Please take the time to check out the list of nominees that is comprised of the jurors’ picks as well as the qualifiers from our Open and Sonicbids Submissions. We hope that you discover something to your liking and remember to cast your vote for your favorite before midnight Monday, January 31! Enjoy! - The Deli Staff
The Deli’s Poll Jurors:
Grace Ambrose, Booker, No Wavelength, Kate Bracaglia, Writer & Editor, Underwater Explosions/Phrequency/uwishunu, Abigail Bruley, Music Editor, two.one.five Magazine, Mikele Edwards, Booker, Silk City, Leah Kauffman, Editor, Phrequency, Kevin Kennedy, Blogger, The Swollen Fox, Jorgan Krug, Sound Engineer, The Ox/World Café Live, Josh T. Landow, DJ, Y-Not Radio, Jeff Meyers, Booker, Beartrap Booking, Alex Nic, Booker, Pilam, Chris Perella, Booker, The Blockley, Mark Schoneveld, Blogger & Record Label Owner, yvynyl/Small Plates Records, Sara Sherr, Booker & Writer, Sugar Town/Philadelphia Daily News, Emily Simpson, Assistant Production Manager, Kung Fu Necktie, Jon Solomon, DJ & Record Label Owner, WPRB/Comedy Minus One, Q.D. Tran, Associate Editor, The Deli Magazine, John Vettese, DJ & Writer, Y-Rock Philly Local/City Paper/The Key, Chris Ward, Booker, Johnny Brenda’s, Bruce Warren, Program Director & Blogger, WXPN/Some Velvet Blog/The Key, Emma Zumberge, Blogger, The World in a Paper Cup
P.S. If you want to know how this poll works, please go here.

Soars Open for Young Prisms at KFN Jan. 31

Lehigh Valley’s Soars will be hammering out their washed out doom-and-gloom-gaze tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. The band’s self-titled debut last year on La Société Expéditionnaire was a Deli favorite. You can check out our review of the album here as well as our Where Is My Mind? with then four-piece Soars. Since we last saw them, they’ve picked-up Doug Durrenberger on electronics. You can check out a recent track titled “Every Little One” below which is also available to be downloaded for free. Soars will be opening up for another one of Kanine Records’ latest buzz bands, San Francisco’s Young Prisms. Hopefully the drunk dude that got tossed out for heckling them from the balcony at Johnny Brenda’s last time won’t stumble in by accident again at KFN with his date. Welcome back to Philly lady and gents! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Calli Higgins) - H.M. Kauffman

Every Little One by SOARS


Thurston Moore to Release Acoustic Tribute Album in Honor of Jack Rose

Thurston Moore is releasing a new solo record titled 12 String Meditations for Jack Rose via Vin Du Select Qualitite Records. “Solo, untreated, 12-string compositions in tribute to one of the greats. An album of instrumentals in requiem.” The album is an instrumental tribute to local fallen guitar hero Jack Rose. 12 String Meditations for Jack Rose is the fifth volume in the Vin Du Select Qualitite series, a collection of limited-edition vinyl-only acoustic guitar albums. It will be available for order next month here. - The Deli Staff

The Nite Market w/Spacin’ at KFN Jan. 30

Swing on over to Kung Fu Necktie tonight for a FREE show featuring Spacin’, the solo project from Birds of Maya’s Jason Killinger. I’m really digging his sample recordings so far which you can download for free here. Tracks like “Ego-Go” (below) invokes a smooth 70’s party rock feel that will get heads bobbing and bodies shaking and “While You Come Around” is a tasty morsel of catchy lo-fi indie pop with a nice laid-back vibe of indifference. Spacin’ will also be joined by the experimental tinklings of Eliott Klein while DJs Shinjo & Blame the Kid spin sounds from “faraway lands” throughout the evening at The Nite Market. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 9pm, Free, 21+ - Alexis V.


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