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October 2015
Shelf Life
"Everyone Make Happy
Everyone Make Happy, the debut LP from Shelf Life, via Lefse Records, finds an absorbing lyrical yet comforting instrumental balance. Scott Leitch (ex-Pirouette/recent drummer for Alex G) cultivates songs that gently sway with internal warmth, while placing listeners in a deeply personal, somber state.
Space-warping synths smoothly land on the surface in “The Curse,” the initial introduction to Everyone Make Happy. Those glowing synths fade to the background as the airy, easily-assimilated acoustic guitar provides shimmers of daylight onto the song’s anguished lyrical tone - “bathe in sister’s blood/talk to the ghost of my dad’s mom/about nothing but heaven and the cancer in her gut.”
Pushed by its percussion, “Mark II” delivers what appears as subtle instrumentation, penetrating beyond the surface as a tight bedroom-pop sound. What starts drearily - “wake me up, when my lungs, start to pump normally” - lifts the shades to the point of optimism. “There’s always something in the sunlight,” riding a casual, almost accidental groove along the way. The album continuously stares directly into sadness, observing a very real place of grief. In “Creature” with its road-worn, country-folk twang , Leitch addresses the questioning nature of a sickness as a somber cloud hangs overhead. “I ask myself what my Father would do/he’d fold his hands lean to belief/but the creature inside him is not inside of me.”
“Low Key Lumber Theft” forebodingly spirals forward as the last dashes of daylight fall below the horizon. The guitar crisply cuts through dusk, venturing further out of sight as it gains momentum and then coolly concludes. With a daydreaming-psych vibe, “Time Traveler” moves into a nostalgic familiar space, which although consoling - “I am meeting the past/it is just how I thought/I have found what I lost” - still cuts - “You had gone away.” An anecdotal throwback, “Double Dare” soaks into your mind with its direct lyricism and catchy melodies, a la Alex G, while “Sinking Just Right” lulls you into a submissive calm of internal self-doubt - “does everybody hate me, just a little, little, little bit” - drifting until your “sinking just right.”
This album delicately balances the weight of emotional darkness with a glimpse of the light, from outside pushing in through the cracks. - Michael Colavita

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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

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

Disenchanter playing Halloween show at Kenton Club

Under the Covers with Satan is a free show complete with a costume contest presented by Volume Bomb Records at the World Famous Kenton Club for the release of their newest compliation. Disenchanter is rounding out their tour and celebrating growing success with their first full-length album "Strange Creations". With artwork to match their dark and enchanting approach on doom metal, the album was released last month with the support of their fans through Kickstarter.

Other bands performing include The Thorns, The Latter Day Skanks, 42 Ford Perfect, Perfect Monster, and Stumble Bum.  


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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Portland's Landlines working on new album

 The latest track from the Portland power-pop outfit Landlines is called "Crystal Healing Vibes" (streaming below) and it is the first single from their upcoming full-length debut. Rife with jangly guitars, catchy melodies, and an air of collegiate casualness, the music of Landlines makes a comparison to indie-rock legends Pavement inevitable. The songs on their previous releases, such as last year's "Log Out, Tune Up, Drop Dead," are bursting with an infectious energy and are more-or-less starightforward, not relying much on effects but rather on simple and memorable guitars, driving bass lines, and choruses that demand to be sung along to. But don't take this to mean that Landlines are a Pavement copycat. There is enough of their own personal touches to set them apart while simultaneously delivering everything that fans of lo-fi garage pop are looking for. If you're not careful, you might just find yourself jamming along to the music any chance that you get. While you're waiting for their upcoming release you can catch Landlines here in Portland on September 28th at Mississippi Studios. Don't miss out! - Patrick Wolff 


Joseph performing at Wonder Ballroom on Sept. 26

 Despite the masculine name, the band Joseph is in fact a trio comprised of three sisters, Natalie, Allison, and Meegan, who hail from Portland and whose debut album, "Native Dreamer Kin," was released last March. Despite its youth, the record is delightfully mature, well-produced, and full of rich harmonies and hauntingly beautiful melodies. The songs themselves are folk-steeped americana with slightly dark overtones, and one can't help but picture themselves atop one of the Pacific Northwest's fog-covered mountain-tops when experiencing them. The gentle coffee-house guitar compliments the warm, full voices of the sisters' wonderfully, and the celestial echoes of the piano lend a haunting tone to tracks such as "Not Mine" (streaming below). Joseph will be performing at the Wonder Ballroom on September 26th, where they will be opening for another sibling sibling folk duo from Texas, The Oh Hellos. Check them out! - Patrick Wolff




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