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Deli NYC Issue #55 is out! Half Waif and NYC MixCon 2018!

Attention music lovers!

The new issue of The Deli NYC is out on the cloud (we are at #55!) and we are psyched to have Half Waif on its cover - her latest album Lavander is an absolute gem! Print copies will hit the streets of NYC this coming weekend.

Inside, you will also find a very informational article about the state of the record industry, featuring an extensive Q&A with 4 NYC record label insiders.

Finally, this is also the yearly issue linked to our NYC MixCon 2018, the FREE event entirely focused on mixing advice provided by world class producers - a must for any young engineer or home recording musician interested in refining their mixing skills!

The Folks at The Deli

A Deli Premiere: Shapes In Calgary's varied new "Here" EP

Most EPs serve relatively simple purposes: a brief taste of what an artist can offer or a slight deviation so they can experiment without dwelling on new ideas for too long. Rarely does an extended play feel like a proper introduction to an artist while also showcasing how versatile they can be; yet that’s exactly what Shapes In Calgary pulled off with the release of their second EP. As a follow-up to the band’s 2016 release, Here (streaming below) finds the two-piece fleshing out their sound in colorful new ways. Emphasizing the simplicity of synthesizers and drum machines, Shapes In Calgary’s brand of synth-pop has always valued small moments of quiet beauty, whether it’s a bubbling melody or Alyssa Ciorciari's vocals echoing into nothingness. The songwriting on Here is a kaleidoscopic expansion of their previous creations, exploring new territory in fresh and inventive ways. The swaggering synth lines of “U Do” sound nothing like the electroacoustic production of “Falling Forward”, yet each song has moments where the band’s clear and naturalistic songs are brought to soaring new heights. This release showcases Shapes In Calgary’s knack for creatively finding their own voice in a multitude of moods and only adds to the excitement for what they can do with a full length album format. Here will be released on July 20 and will be celebrated with a live show at Union Pool on 07.21. – Tucker Pennington


Carlos Hernandez releases precise debut album, performs at Trans-Pecos on 07.27

Uncertainty is a powerful force that drives people to do absurd things, especially during times of personal upheaval. Not knowing what comes next can be paralyzing for some, but it seems to be driving Carlos Hernandez to create some of the most eclectic music of his varied career. Composed during a period where he was moving on from the city and the scene he contributed to, Hernandez used the unknowns in his life to piece together a record that balances his past work with something that feels uniquely his own. On Folly is the debut solo record from Hernandez, but he is far from a newcomer to the independent scene (his avant-soul band Ava Luna was featured on the Cover of The Deli back in 2012) and this album is far from a one-man show. Bringing in prominent collaborators such as Julian Fader and Sandy Gordon and featuring additional contributions from many more artists, Hernandez crafted a collection of songs full of delicate yet agitated avant-pop arrangements. Tracks like “Nausea” feature a ramshackle and off-kilter beat as the lyrics “I can feel it coming under my skin/A confusion I can taste” gently add to the preexisting tension that doubles as a relaxing and bizarre jam. On Folly thrives on the anxieties of uncertainty, dwelling on sounds that would feel appropriate on early Dirty Projectors’ records as well as D’Angelo’s newest album; the album is due July 27. Check out first single "Second Man," streaming below. – Tucker Pennington


New Katie Ellen EP Available for Streaming

A few days ahead of its July 20th release via Lauren Records, Still Life, the new EP from Katie Ellen, is available for streaming. Balancing a melodic, earnest ease with an infectious energy, the songs wrap one up in a state of reflective assessment. Anika Pyle exhibits a level of focus and clarity. Within her vocals, there’s a gentle strength which adheres. Katie Ellen is set to head out on tour with Lemuria and Dusk at the end of this week.

New Track: "You Don’t Love Me (Like You Used To)" - Spirit Haus

Bruno Catrambone (CRUISR, Former Belle) recently shared a new single from his other musical outlet, Spirit Haus. Keys provide an ethereal glow as the heavy thump of backend knocks one to the ground in “You Don’t Love Me (Like You Used To)”. The sadness of a relationship reaching its end is illuminated as you witness a one way conversation. Emerging from the darkness, the song occupies a somber step forward, as delicate layers of production glisten in the moonlight.



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