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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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NYC artist on the rise: Lydia Ainsworth plays Rooftop Films on 05.31 + releases debut LP in June

If in the 90s the world realized what women could do with a (distorted) electric guitar in their hands, the 10s will probably be remembered as the decade when femal musicians embraced technology to make some of the best records of the new millennium. Yes, we are generalizing of course, but if you can think of another decade that expressed this many female artists/sound designers/producers (Santigold, St. Vincent, Au Revoir Simone, Julia Easterlin and Tei Shi, to name just a few out of NYC) give us a shout. 

Emerging Toronto /Brooklyn artist Lydia Ainsworth belongs to this talented bunch. She's been cultivating an enviable musical vocabulary, touching on anything from Enya-esque vocal abstractions to orchestral soundtracks rich with lush strings, and even vaguely oriental sounding industrial experiments. But her new track 'White Shadows' (streaming) brings her output to a new level by gathering all these elements together, organically, in an actual song. We are looking forward to more tunes like this one in her debut album ‘Right From Real Pt. I' - out on June 10. While waiting, you can see Lydia Ainsworth live at Rooftop Film Festivals 'Dark Toons' night at  iconic Brooklyn landmark Industry City near Sunset Park.

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


Angel Olsen "Lights Out"

Pitchfork released a video last week of Angel Olsen performing "Lights Out" from her 2014 album Burn Your Fire For No Witness. The video is a part of their City of Music Series.


New Bad Doctors LP Available for Streaming

The Bad Doctors have always had their synth-leanings to 80’s new wave. However, on the group’s latest LP Burning City, available via FDH Records, they have fully embraced the more danceable side of the genre, while still maintaining the edginess that had made them local basement favorites. You can stream the record in its entirety below.


Stream: machineheart, "Circles"

Memorial Day ushers in the season of pool parties, sundresses and that unrelenting heat. Which means, it's time for mixtapes littered with uptempo, lighthearted pop tunes. Machineheart offers our top pick for the summer season with "Circles." The lyrics are full of positive vibes giving you the feeling of that fresh start that comes with the increase in sunshine. The opening guitar riff lets you know right away, this will be one to keep on repeat, and returns between verses as if to remind your ears how much you enjoyed it the first time. "Circles" is the perfect top down, coastal drive kind of tune. Grab your best mates and turn this one up on your next road trip. - Jacqueline Caruso


Stream: HIPS, "Promise Not to Fall"

Mid-tempo electro pop lends itself to a sensual experience. The three ladies of HIPS have exploited this, creating songs that feel like a chic, edgy, back alley kind of turn-on. Christina Gaillard, Drew Denny, and Natalia Rogovin are veterans of the indie scene, making them a supergroup in a way, as they seamlessly trade off taking the lead. Their blending of synths, electronic drums and three part harmonies feels less like dream pop, and more like a slow grind. "Promise Not to Fall" is the brightest shade of noir pop they have displayed from the three songs released so far. Sure, it's catchy, but there's a mischievous tension that is distinctly peppered with the elusive female tease. As they describe it, their music is for making out and late night drives. HIPS play The Satellite on June 4. - Jacqueline Caruso



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