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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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Frankie and the Witch Fingers release new video for "Merry Go Round", 7" inch out now

Frankie and the Witch Fingers are a garage rock outfit with jingle-jangle arrangements whose slyly textured brand of psychedelia is disticntly trippy. The foursome have just released a promo cut for "Merry Go Round", a delightfully odd video in which a young, yéyé-looking femme commits a murder and decides to, well, dance to her heart's content. Its distinct, dreamlike ciematic touches are like imagining some lost connection between French New Wave and British horror cinema. 

"Merry Go Round" was just released as a 7-inch via Hypnotic Bridge.



The Cabin Fever play Silverlake Lounge on 4.1

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Make sure to catch The Cabin Fever play at Silverlake Lounge tomorrow, April 1, where they'll be performing songs off of their upcoming full-length Enjoy Yourself


KissMeKate releases new track "Clementine"

“Clementine”, the latest track by singler/songwriter KISSMEKATE, is a slow-burning synth pop ballad that showcases her good ear for subtle, yet dramatic effectiveness. What begins as an a capella lullaby ultimately builds into a delicate crescendo, firmly balancing that sweet spot between clarity and nuance.

"Clementine" is the lead track from her debut album, which is slated for release in April 2016. 


The Deli LA Artist to Watch: Sky Chefs

Just recently, and from what appears to be seemingly out of nowhere, I stumbled upon a musical collective called Sky Chefs. I don’t know anything about their backstory, or even bothered to ask (or at least just yet), but what I do know is that they write astute chamber pop songs that are as intriguing as they are spotlessly fully-formed. The band’s chiming, hook-driven songs are based on delectable chord structures (alongside twangy guitar chords and skronky horns) that are easy to love, and impossible to replicate, with joyous, self-deprecating lyrics and lovable choruses that would fit in smoothly on an indie pop mixtape sandwiched between Acid House Kings and Sambassadeur.

Sky Chefs are releasing their self-titled debut LP on April 19 via WhackArkRecords. Now, here’s hoping some local promoter immediately books them. - Juan Rodríguez

Photo credit: Devin O' Brien



The Deli LA Premieres: stream "Ballads for Trying Times" by The Singer and the Songwriter

The Singer and the Songwriter may just be selling themselves short with their straight-laced moniker, so it’d be impossible for them to make any pretensions about their own cleverness. Behind the workmanlike descriptor there’s two songwriters, Rachel García and Thu Tran, a pair who’s been collaborating together for close to a decade after fate brought them together at an open mic night. The rest is, well, history.

The folk-driven duo write baroque lullabies that move along with an ease and fluidity that showcases their musical maturity and sensibility. García’s torchy vocals have a soft spoken tone that can surely alleviate the end of a busy shift, the kind that befits their knack for lilting bossa nova rhythms and lush jazz arrangements.

The Deli is proud to present an exclusive stream of The Singer and the Songwriter’s latest EP, Ballads for Trying Times, one that aptly soothes and gives hopeful tranquility to the never-ending noise of the everyday. And if you’re tempted to leave the house, which may be a bit of a challenge after an hour-long session to their music over a cup of tea, then make sure to catch their record release show tonight at Hotel Café. - Juan Rodríguez



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