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Drowned in Sound: Real Estate - Atlas


January 2014
Shy Boys
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Shy Boys continue to bridge the gap between the basement and the stage with the release of their debut, self-titled LP. With efficiency and restrained flourish the boys have spun off 10 pop yarns, many of which are apt to linger long past their modest 24-minute duration. While the bulk of the earworms are front-loaded the album doesn’t flag nor does it deviate in its trajectory. The consistency of this record demonstrates that the Shy Boys know their strengths and are not ashamed to stick with them.
 
Such reliability is probably why Shy Boyscomposed of the brothers Collin and Kyle Rausch and friend Konnor Ervin, have enjoyed a recent burst in popularity. In short order they’ve managed to endear themselves to a variety of local bands and fans, the label High Dive Records, and assorted music journalism outlets. It’s no wonder they recently won The Pitch award for Best Band Everyone Can Agree OnThey’re appeal is almost egalitarian. Of course it doesn’t hurt to be backed by Solid Gold, the same talent agency that promotes the likes of Dirty Beaches, The Dodos, and The Sea And Cake.
 
Call it playing it safe, but what Shy Boys lack in boundary-pushing they make up for in general likeability. This record can easily play in the background, comfortably command the car stereo, or be the gentle panacea for your private boi slash gurl bedroom troubles; odds are the record will fit most settings without much abrasion. That’s the idea. Kudos given.
 
Much of the album’s warm roughness is owed to its simple and straightforward nature as well as the inherent qualities found by recording live to tape. For this engineering feat the nod is given to Mike Nolte of Westend Recording, a studio known for their dedicated use of the mediumSure, the reverb is cranked and the vocals can be muddied into ambiguity, but those cool, moody hooks are enough to keep the record spinning on repeat.
 
--Andrew Erdrich

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Kansas City Best of 2012 Readers and Fans Poll is over! Dollar Fox wins!

Kansas City Best of 2012 Readers and Fans Poll is over! Dollar Fox wins!

Deli Readers,

The Deli Kansas City's Best of 2012 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees. Congrats to Dollar Fox (pictured) for being The Deli Readers' Best Kansas City Artist of 2012.

Kudos also to Gentleman Savage and We Are Voices who placed in 2nd and 3rd position. The Reader's Poll full results are here, check out the top 10 below:

 
ARTIST
VOTES
 
1
Dollar Fox
467
2
Gentleman Savage
451
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3
We Are Voices
329
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4
Bears and Company
189
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5
Cadillac Flambe
162
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6
Me Like Bees
160
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7
Clairaudients
141
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8
Shes A Keeper
120
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9
Dream Wolf
119
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10
Attic Wolves
86
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We'll soon publish the final overall composite chart, which will also include the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012.

Stay tuned!

The Deli's Staff

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