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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!

Zoom Lens releases compilation album "Love Without Domination"

"We are pissed and we came here to dance."

So reads the last line of the synopsis to Love Without Domination, the newest, largest, and arguably most political release by Los Angeles-based label Zoom Lens. With a title referencing Jenny Zhang's essay "Against Extinction", Love Without Domination is a 22-track charity compilation from artists across diverse genres of local and international fame, galvanized by recent events and connected by an urgency to create sounds of protest. New songs featured include Meishi Smile's post-industrial catharsis "Hate Floods Slow", as well as contributions by Plaster Cast & The Sleep, Thought Tempo, and Magic is Real. New local artist debuts include the noise rock duo Comrade(s) and post-techno producer pleasure promenade.

The release of Love Without Domination comes at a precarious time for artist communities, only one week since the tragic fire in an Oakland DIY space and one month following results of the 2016 presidential election. But in spite of these troubling events, in spite of increased crackdowns on DIY spaces and rising hate crimes, Zoom Lens compels listeners to act against the oppression and injustice of marginalized communities through nuanced self-expression.

"Through art, make dialogue and break boundaries. When dealing with an oppressive force who is meant to pacify our feelings, self-expression is rebellion. Utilize your skills, your privileges, and your strengths in all forms. Militarize yourself with unforgiving self-love and radical passion. "

Love Without Domination is free to stream and available to purchase—listeners can name their price, and all proceeds will go to fund the non-profit organizations ACLU, Border Angels, and Planned Parenthood. - Ryan Mo, Album Art by Brian Vu

Saro releases debut EP "In Loving Memory"

Saro's debut EP, In Loving Memory, has an array of songs committed to the love and loss of relationships. One song in particular, Test, has a mix of electronic vibes and an ambient, airy pop feel with a distinct emotional connection linking artist and audience. If the beats don’t hit hard enough, Saro's lyrics will. “Drowning from the inside,” he reveals, in what sounds like a toxic relationship, destroying each other to reach a high. Immerse yourself in Saro's newest EP and revel in the polished heartache of it all. - Kayla Hay

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Wistappear releases new track "Overflowed"

Eclectic songwriting duo Wistappear are back with "Overflowed", a lively and altogether inventive folk-rock track where they sharpen their feel for dynamics with an acute sense of songcraft. There's a freewheeling playfulness that evokes the woodsy, more eccentric side of psychedelia, complemented with a variety of sonic trinkets that further reinforce singer Ian Lipson's colorful vocal delivery.

"Overflowed" is the first single off of their recently released full-length record Knack for Whatever. You can now listen to it in its entirety over at their bandcamp page.

 

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The Deli LA Artist to Watch: Julian Jasper

Julian Jasper's musical foundation has something of a connection to the practically defunct chillwave movement, except that his more straightforward approach to songwriting emphasizes clarity over obscurity. The LA-via-San Diego bedroom recorder's first single, "2 AM, Chinatown", is sung from the perspective of an observer who's taking it all in, acclimating to his surroundings. It's also upbeat dance pop as if coming from an old soul, handled with a muzak-flavored sophistication that gives a welcome exuberance to his more introspective inclinations.

Jasper's first 7", "2 AM, Chinatown / I Don't Mind", is out now via Misra Records.

 

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