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August 2014
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
"Sea When Absent
Sea When Absent (Lefse Records) 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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Free Download: "The White Balloon" - Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler

Below is the first offering from the collaborative EP, Slant of Light (Thrill Jockey), by harpist Mary Lattimore and sound sculptor Jeff Zeigler called "The White Ballon," which you can stream and download for free below. The gentle, breeze-in-the-wind piece and the rest of the album was recorded at Uniform Recording during "a city-stopping snowstorm" earlier this year. You'll be able to find the duo performing this Saturday alongside many other rad acts at the Kensington Picnic II.

Mo Lowda & the Humble Digging Deep at Ortlieb's Aug. 7

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Free Download: "Philadelphia" - Mumblr

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The Deli Philly’s Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: The Orange Drop

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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: The Orange Drop

- by Alexis V.

The Orange Drop released an impressive EP entitled Drone Pop earlier this year. And they’ve been in the studio working on its follow-up with Uniform Recording’s Jeff Zeigler that we are very interested in checking out. The psych-pop/rock quartet won our latest Featured Artist(s) Poll, and we are happy to share our recent interview with frontman Marc Basile, which you can check out below.
The Deli: How did you start making music? 
Marc Basile: I started playing music in high school. I first was interested in playing in a metal band, but quickly lost interest after receiving my first delay pedal.  Sounding heavy was replaced by sounding psychedelic, which turned out to be a much better fit. (And a lot more fun!)   
TD: Where did the band name The Orange Drop come from? 
MB: The band was named after an especially potent batch of acid that came in orange flavored liquid drops. 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
MB: We are very much influenced by 60s/70s psych. Pink Floyd are definitely our favorite band and Live at Pompeii our favorite era. The band is also really into trippy garage rock – Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and droney stuff like Spacemen 3.  
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
Not Local - The Magic Castles, The Red Plastic Buddha, Doug Tuttle, Elephant Stone
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
MB: First concert I ever attended was Ozzy Osbourne, in the 90s, and it was awesome. First album I ever bought was Queen’s Greatest Hits (also awesome).
TD: What do you love about Philly?
MB: The no-bullshit attitude.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
MB: The no-bullshit attitude when taken too far.
TD: What are your plans for 2014?
MB: We are planning on releasing an EP sometime in the fall. We started recording it in June with Jeff Zeigler, and are now in the final mixing/mastering stages.  We still need to come up with a name for it and some artwork so the work is far from done, but the music itself is almost there. We’re super excited for people to hear this as we think it turned out great.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
MB: Most memorable live shows are definitely the ones we have thrown ourselves. We routinely throw house parties, invite all our friends and a bunch of bands, get them drunk, and play the rowdiest shows. It is a lot of fun. There are no pre-determined set times, and it often ends in super-jams involving all the bands.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
MB: Turkey sub. 








The Orange Drop
Drone Pop



New Track: "Almost Like Emotion (The Drop)" - A Sunny Day in Glasgow

A Sunny Day in Glasgow recently released their latest LP Sea When Absent (Lefse Records), which is currently our Record of the Month, earlier this summer. The band also just shared a limited-edition bonus EP NO DEATH that is available in select record stores in the UK. Below is its opening track called "Almost Like Emotion (The Drop)," which was recorded during the Sea When Absent sessions.


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