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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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Stream: Girlpool, "Jane"

Minimalist garage duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad have a cautionary tale for all of us through the vague, yet felt message lying within their cryptic track "Jane". The vocals are as clear as they can be and with good reason - these two have a story to share and they want you to hear every single word, built around a steady guitar line and a slinky bass throb that keeps the tension high as they hone in on their message: "girls and boys if you are listening/if you feel imprisoned/feeling like your mouth is glued tight shut/you were born for a reason/share all your feelings". The screeching cries that accentuate each verse seem to imply some sinister wrongdoing, which makes it all the more effective. Girlpool are officially releasing their self-titled debut EP on November 18th through Wichita Recordings. And make sure to catch their hometown residency at the Echo this coming December. 


Soft Swells release "Floodlights" on 9.30

Soft Swells release their sophomore album, Floodlights, on September 30th, which follows their self-titled debut (2012) and follow-up EP Lifeboats (2013). Their first single, "Floodlights", was just remixed by the electro-pop band EXROYALE, lending the original's garage sounding guitar riffs a slightly more mellow pop finish. "Don't you want to think this is our time", the song's mantra echoes in both versions. The band name also serves as a pretty good description of their music. It's derived from surf terminology, and their sound mimics the ease of the small waves it represents. Though they may have started small, their swell is definitely growing. They have a standing Monday residency at the Echo until September 22nd. After that, they'll kick off their tour - the next stop being Austin, TX. Catch them before their wave breaks. - Jennifer Mergott


Stream: Monogem, "Stay With Me"

Singer/songwriter Jen Hirsh, otherwisde known as MONOGEM, continues to bridge the current surge of eighties-leaning synth pop with nineties R&B with "Stay With Me", a soulful slow-burn with a metallic sheen that's a sharp contrast to her previous, more dance-oriented single "All We Have". Hirsh follows a measured, more atmospheric tone that brings her delicate, yet robust vocals to the forefront. "Stay With Me" should be part of her upcoming EP, which, according to her official facebook page, should be arriving very, very soon.


File under "insane lo-fi": Cretin Stompers and Big Muff Radio

They say that it's almost impossible to recover from a bad first impression, but when three dudes choose a band name like Cretin Stompers (pictured) it is obvious that they are not interested in impressing anybody... Nonetheless, this is what you may call a bicoastal supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Wavves and Jay Reatard (from LA) and Brooklyn's own BIG MUFF RADIO. Their debut record 'Looking Forward To Being Attacked' is quirky enough to deserve the "cretin" denomination - together with the 'fun' one - with its bizarre arrangements, insane bursts of madness, recurrent super high pitch shifted vocals, and an overall approach that's somewhat reminiscent of a crazier, lo-fi, garage pop version of early Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev. It sounds like the high pitch vocal trick comes from BIG MUFF RADIO's 'hat,' since 100% of his latest record 'The Immaculate Collection' features that effect. He will be performing at Baby's Allright tomorrow (09.10) with WAVVES.


Kelela shares new track with Le1f and P Morris

Kelela Mizanekristos's style and soul has caught not only my attention but also LA based producer Kingdom. Her sweet sounding voice and low key, yet hype beats spun a much-acclaimed 13 track mixtape last year called CUT 4 ME. The sinfully true lyrics tell stories of heartbreak, and relationships with rousing beats that really do lead from the car, to the club, and to the bedroom. Her newest single, OICU, featuring LE1F, has a twist of Childish Gambino, Jhene Aiko and The Weeknd packed into one song. It’s catchy and extremely fun rapping to, especially if you’re anything like me and can’t sing. Producer P Morris composed a perfectly blended mix of freestyle, instrumentals and synergy between all the parties involved, effectively mixing complex beats to help this upcoming star emerge from LA’s underground scene. - Kayla Hay



Zella Day plays at The Echo on 9.10

Hotly-tipped pop chanteuse Zella Day has garnered heaps of attention for her sweeping, uplifting synth pop, a marked evolution from her days living in a small ranch in Pinetop, Arizona. At an early age, Day would perform at her family-owned coffee show, playing a variety of covers in what could be described as a stately, idyllic setting. These days, Day is pursuing a grander, more accessible sound, in which an atmospheric veil of droning synths and pompous, thundering drums crash against her simple, yet affective vocals. Day may write finely-polished ballads that have the potential to become big hits, but they’re also intricately produced and suffused with a sultry elegance that’s equally exacting and fulfilling. Expect her still nascent career to really take shape in 2015.Day's debut self-titled EP is slated for a fall 2014 release via B3SCI records. And make sure to catch her play a set at The Echo next wednesday, September 10th.  


An “Endless Summer” Approach to Psych-Rock: The Mystery Lights

To compliment the lingering haze of this week's scorching sun, it would only seem appropriate to fall in love with the psychedelic twang of The Mystery Lights. The New-York-by-way-of-Cali band has uncovered and reintroduced a vintage sound of surf-psych that combines a rock-n-roll heart with a trippy surf mind. Combining the stabby bi-coastal garage resonance of the 60’s and 70’s with occasional flourishing blues riffs and southern-style soloing, you’d think The Mystery Lights were from everywhere (man), but it seems fitting that they are headquartered both in NYC and California. Frontman Mike Brandon, and fellow guitarist L.A. Solano serve as the backbone of the project, while Alex Amini and Nick Pillot play bass and drums, respectively, in New York, and Joe Styles and Steve Miller play bass and drums, respectively, in California: a pretty cool, and ideal setup. When they get back from China, check them out at Union Pool on September 9th. – JP Basileo

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



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