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Pop & Obachan release two videos/singles from upcoming album 'Misc. Excellence'

What we want to see in an emerging band (and rarey notice) is constant improvement. And if somebody thinks constant improvement shouldn't be something that hard to achieve (don't we all constantly improve, after alll, at least for a while, if we keep at it?) well, that somebody is dead wrong. Yes, because making music (and art in general) means embracing a lifestyle of up and downs that often leaves the artist devoid of inspiration and creative energy: this happens because these days the products of creativity are nearly impossible to sell, and that's utterly depressing. Therefore to keep improving, as an artist, you've gotta be strong inside, have a separate job, keep a your art, believe in the dream when all evedence seems to point to doubt. 
That's why Pop & Obachan deserve huge praise: after releasing a great EP in 2015 (which was named NYC record of the month by this very blog), they recently dropped two beautifl new singles accompanied by self produced videos (we are streaming 'I Bet High" below, you can check out 'Bad Way' here) that show further progress, without losing any of their charmingly fresh and honest pop sound, which draws influence from Fleetwood Mac, Broadcast, Harry Nilsson and Camera Obscura. On October 7 they'll release their debut album Misc. Excellence, and celebrate at Our Wicked Lady with a live show on October 13. If you dig this song, go out to support them - that's what keeps the creative vibe going!

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The Deli's picks from the CMJ Submissions: Aimee DeBeer, Pop & Obachan, Zuli, The City and Horses, Balancer, Journalism

In August we asked our readers in bands to submit through our system to be considered to play The Deli's four official CMJ Music Marathon shows, promising at least three slots. From the nearly 800 submissions we ended up picking twice as many bands as promised, here they are:

The City and Horses - Dream Pop stage (The Living Room, Saturday 10.17)

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Journalism - DIY Stage (Muchmore's, Thursday 10.15) 

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Zuli - Dream Pop stage (The Living Room, Saturday 10.17)

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BalancerDream Pop stage (The Living Room, Saturday 10.17)

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Pop & Obachan - Dream Pop stage (The Living Room, Saturday 10.17)

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Aimee DeBeer: Dream Pop stage (The Living Room, Saturday 10.17)

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The Deli NYC's record of the month: Pop and Obachan

Dreaming has always been a prerogative of the young. But seeing the raising wave of dreamy NYC based bands, we start to wonder if dreaming becomes a necessity for those who choose to settle in that post-industrial wasteland that is "non affluent Brooklyn." Or maybe it's the other way around: would anobody who doesn't have a dream to nurture settle in a place like Bushwick? Whichever the answer, that gray urban ugliness is producing many colorful psychedelic flowers. One of them is Pop and Obachan, a duo that, in just over a year of existence, released two EPs that show a radical metamorphoses - one that veers towards dreaminess. Their debut EP 'Unfurl' was a modest, sparse and sleepy alt folk record featuring just voice, ukelele and acoustic guitar. Its melodies and chord progressions owe a lot to the roots of American music. But this year's 'Dream Soup' sees the band entirely transformed - and for the better. An enriched instrumentation - now featuring also drum machine, keyboards and electric guitar - supports, through inventive arrangements, some truly imaginative and personal dream-pop songwriting. The highlights are opener 'Holly' and 'Dry Land,' with their impressionistic sound, beautifully whimsical melodies, and perfectly balanced production. If this is what "non affluent Brooklyn" can do to a band in one year, there's definitely nothing wrong with it, no matter how expensive the rent is.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.

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

May 2015
Pop and Obachan
"Dream Soup
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Dreaming has always been a prerogative of the young. But seeing the raising wave of dreamy NYC based bands, we start to wonder if dreaming becomes a necessity for those who choose to settle in that post-industrial wasteland that is "non affluent Brooklyn." Or maybe it's the other way around: would anobody who doesn't have a dream to nurture settle in a place like Bushwick? Whichever the answer, that gray urban ugliness is producing many colorful psychedelic flowers. One of them is Pop and Obachan, a duo that, in just over a year of existence, released two EPs that show a radical metamorphoses - one that veers towards dreaminess. Their debut EP 'Unfurl' was a modest, sparse and sleepy alt folk record featuring just voice, ukelele and acoustic guitar. Its melodies and chord progressions owe a lot to the roots of American music. But this year's 'Dream Soup' sees the band entirely transformed - and for the better. An enriched instrumentation - now featuring also drum machine, keyboards and electric guitar - supports, through inventive arrangements, some truly imaginative and personal dream-pop songwriting. The highlights are opener 'Holly' and 'Dry Land,' with their impressionistic sound, beautifully whimsical melodies, and perfectly balanced production. If this is what "non affluent Brooklyn" can do to a band in one year, there's definitely nothing wrong with it, no matter how expensive the rent is.

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