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August 2014
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
"Sea When Absent
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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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Deli CMJ ELECTRONIC STAGE - TONIGHT, The Delancey - FREE!

At The Delancey on Tuesday 10.18 we'll have a truly fantastic bill with 9 NYC based electro-pop bands - and it's going to be free!. 21+ - $8.
Full listings of the Deli's CMJ shows here. See below for the Dream Pop and Alt Rock stages that same night in the same venue (downstairs).

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ELECTRO STAGE

7.00 - The Casualty Process



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8.20 - Tiny Victor ies
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10.20 - Psychobuildings



11.00 - Pretty Good Dance Moves


11.40 - Caged Animals


12.20 - Slam Donahue

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Final Summer Show w/Pattern is Movement & Moon Bounce at Spruce St. Harbor Park Aug. 21

Smoothly layered grooves with enriching, silky vocals, that's what Pattern is Movement brings to Spruce Street Harbor Park this evening as part of this summer’s final free concert event, presented by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation in conjunction with Weathervane Music (with a portion of the bar sales going to support the organization).  The duo of Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward creates complex music, grabbing elements from a wide array of styles & genres with the use of strings, horns, synth, etc., developing a sound all their own. And while their compositions provide depth, they do so while still marinating an airy comforting atmosphere allowing listeners to appreciate the interwoven R&B/soul/electro compositions without being weighed down by them. Local sex-pop aficionados Night Panther were schedule to appear; however, they unfortunately had to bow out due to personal reasons, and Corey Regensburg, a.k.a. Moon Bounce, is set to perform bringing his slightly twisted, entrancing electronic R&B/hip-hop hybrid. Spruce Street Harbor Park (Spruce St. & Columbus Ave.), 7:30pm, Free, All Ages - Michael Colavita


Eastern influences meet feminism in Vandana Jain's Noir Electro Pop

After dropping her debut full-length album “Anti Venus” this past November (preceded by two EPs released in 2009 and 2012), sound architect, vocalist and feminist force Vandana Jain has been focusing on bringing her eastern music influenced, noir electro-pop to a larger fan base through several live appearances, including one at Highline Ballroom earlier this summer. Band members Yusuke Yamamoto and Ryan Casey contribute to forging an intriguing analog sound, driven by Vandana's sophisticated velvety vocals.

The record's opener “Ecstatic” (streaming) is the strongest track, emphasizing distant percussive mechanical clicks and whirrs recreating sci-fi atmospheres reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s “Welcome To The Machine” sci fi experiments. Dark, foreboding (yet warm) analog synth notes pulse and rise from distant ethereal mists. Recorded at Jain’s home studio, inspiration came in part by delving into Henry Miller’s classic novel “Tropic of Cancer,” and its embrace of “the grip of delirium.” “You freak – you make me ecstatic” becomes the central, single line and rather addictive vocal hook.

Other tracks like “Claw” are less instrumentally dense, allowing more space for expressive vocals. With a style reminiscent of Kate Bush’s penultimate work combined with the modern deeper vocal textures of British pop vocalist Sophie Ellis Bextor, Ms. Jain’s voice becomes instantly appealing. While “Mask” (a track about the proverbial camouflage we all put on every day to function) is recurrently stark and minimal in places, the overall effect sounds incredibly big, and Vandana's seductive vocal delivery makes for a delightful headphone listening experience. - Dave Cromwell

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

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New Music Video: "Under The Pressure" - The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs have a new music video for "Under The Pressure," the second single off their latest critically-acclaimed LP Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian). Bravo to the direction of Houmam, who pieces together a surreal, cinematic backdrop to the nearly nine-minute soundscape! The band is getting set to hit the road next month, and the touring will be going straight into November with no Philly dates currently scheduled. (Photo by Jessica Amaya)

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The Cabana Kids share single 'Just Let Me Know' from upcoming EP

NYC's The Cabana Kids released debut single ‘Just Let Me Know’ (streaming) earlier this month, giving us a small taste of what their fall EP 'The Birds & The Bees' might have in store for us. Their nostalgic vibe is homespun, with male and female vocals taking turns on simple acoustic guitar chords, underlined by reverb-drenched stabs of distorted six strings, which made us think of The Jesus and Mary Chain from their poppier days. The handclaps-driven chorus is an explosion of pop cuteness, with 60s elements taking over in the vocal and organ department, and harmonies that lead singer Joseph Lee describes as "what Sonny and Cher would sound like if they were hipsters." The Cabana Kids' indie spin on bubblegum pop is charming and uplifting yet quite unique. - Sammie Spector

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New Videos: "Coast to Coast" (Live) & "Wrong Star" (Live) - Waxahatchee & White Lung's Mish Way

Check out the collaboration from Waxahatchee (a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield) and White Lung's Mish Way for Noisey Acoustics Session! The two performed each other's songs "Coast to Coast" (from Cerulean Salt) and "Wrong Star" (off Deep Fantasy) atop the roof of a building in NYC's LES. Enjoy!



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Hardcore Friends Lithuania at KFN Aug. 20

Uniting two talented musicians in a collaborative effort is a promising proposition, especially when they are Dominic Angelella and Eric Slick. Tonight, Kung Fu Necktie hosts the duo known individually for their work in DRGN KING and Dr. Dog respectively. Despite their busy schedules, the two friends have released a pair of EPs under the name Lithuania. The latest, an adrenalized, catchy burst of garage-pop with a noisy element, Domesticated God, released this past spring, serves as a preview/precursor for a full length LP Hardcore Friends, which is currently in the works and scheduled for release in 2015. This evening's show will also include the open-book folk of Anthony Leitch-led About A Million, while Chicago-based Shiloh, who recently released Last Time For Everything, will be performing a personal amalgamation of rock with notes of garage-grit, inflecting a humorous/up close lyrical personality and a stuck-in-your-head pop sentiment. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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