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Retail Space premieres 'Getting Older' + plays Sunnyvale on 04.27

Some very serious and kewl people don't relate to quirk in music. However, The Deli NYC is a big supporter of it, maybe because in eccentricity we see freedom. Made up of Brooklyn-based duo Isabelle Burnet and Jacob Rosse, Retail Space say they play "folk influenced-synth pop that's heavy in harmonies and warbled guitar tones," but that doesn't convey the unusual melodies of their debut single 'Getting Older,' which we are premiering below. The word that conveys that is 'quirky,' and that's what makes this track stand out from the pack. The duo will be performing live at Sunnyvale on April 27th with The Deli NYC's August 2015 Record of the Month Pupppy (with three 'p's).

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TEEN, Chaos Chaos, Von Sell and Gold Child play Audiofemme Anniversay bash tonight (04.19)

A NYC based music blog that fosters music journalism by female music writers, Audiofemme tonight is hosting an anniversary bash at Greenpoint's Good Room with lots of talented, mostly female fronted artists. We blogged about psych pop quartet TEEN and indie pop sister duo Chaos Chaos more than once in this blog - check out those links to refresh your ears. Gold Child (pictured) will also perform on the bill; the trio offers tasteful and relaxed Americana with dreamy overtones and is led by the confident alto of Emily Fehler. On the bill also Von Sell, the solo project of David Von Sell, who released two Hypem-blessed singles that successfully blend experimental textures and soul-pop melodies with jazzy tinges. Check out his latest single 'I Insist' streaming below, and last year's debut 'Ivan,' here - we added the latter to The Deli's playlist of Best electronic songs by emerging NYC artists. On the bill also indie rock quartet Marigolds, who evoke Robyn Hitchcock's legendary early band, the Soft Boys.

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

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Troller's 'Storm Maker' Video is As Gorgeous and Odd as the Song Itself

Weird bands are making some badass high-tech, lo-fi impressionistic videos in Austin right now, and we are eating this stuff up. Latest in the line of Austin's most experimental artists to embrace abstract bizarro tech-created imagery for the visual representations of their music, a list that's recently included acts like Shmu and Rikroshi, are Deli-favorite doom sirens Troller.

The video in question is for the mightily-named and overwhelmingly pretty track “Storm Maker” from Troller's recent and sublime Graphic, and both it and the song itself are a departure, at least in surface aesthetics, from the majority of Troller's typically dark and heavy oeuvre. Here Troller applies their tremendous (in the true sense of the word) musical approach to being also gorgeous- the track is edgy, harmonic, modern, and outright heartbreakingly pretty. The subject matter is the typically heady and emotionally complex stuff you get with Troller (and, really, most all Holodeck Records acts), with no small amount of weltschmerz present, but as opposed to the overwhelming doom and crushing crescendos of their standard songs, “Storm Maker” is both audially and visually an assault of gorgeousness.

A large part of that in the song itself can be attributed to singer and deathbass maven Amber Star-Goers' thrillingly dynamic vocals, which are presented here in a manner that gives you a chance to hear her voice clearly and at its most skillfully dynamic. The woman hits notes in the crescendo that are shocking in their power and goosebumps-inducing, and this track is in one way a hell of an argument that Star-Goers' has the best command of her range in all of Austin music. Instrumentalists Adam Jones and Justin Star-Goers provide a slow, but driving drum pad-laced aural structure over which Amber's voice plays that is equally as entrancing and darkly lovely.

Troller is making Lord of the Rings-level epic fantasy music right now, but done by the hippest, smartest people you know, as if they weren't Austinite humans but the most truly metal avant garde band of dark elves and orcs ever to throw noise across the multiverse. The “Storm Maker” video here is perfectly constructed to match the music- a highly abstract and impressionistic take that's so very modern that it has that rare intelligent retro look at 80s and 90s computer culture that is only just now getting its due through burning edge artists like Macintosh Plus and PC Music, and now Troller. The song's a long'n' (Troller ain't afeared of nothin'), and it is thoroughly worth taking in as a whole at 1080p, preferably on some damn good headphones or a system worthy of the bigness of this sound and video.

Take a look below, check out the whole Graphic album here, and we'll leave you with this insightful Troller quote from the “Storm Maker” video premiere a la FADER:

“Lyrically, this song is about the cycle of chaos and order in life. When circumstances force you to re-evaluate and humble yourself, there is a somber process of accepting your own limitations. These self-reflective moments usually teach valuable lessons to better manage the moments when you actually are in control. It's the duality of being a Storm Watcher and a Storm Maker.”

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The old new wave is new again with Order Of Operations, live at Alphaville on 04.20

The deadpan vocals, minimalistic electro arrangements and sober melodies of some of the new wave of the '80s are brought back to life by Brooklyn's Order of Operations, the project of Brooklyn songwriter Alain Paradis. Single 'Pheromones And Molecules' (streaming below) channels Brian Eno's commanding melodies with early electronic simplicity reminiscent of the early Human League. Lovers of that sound can witness Order of Operations live at Alphaville on April 20th.

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Steve Wood Music's "Transformation" is a look into the eye of the robot

Tasteful in its execution, Steve Wood Music's debut Transformation is a well-rounded retrofuturistic voyage that avoids all the indulgences that lead to cheesy electronic music. It's dancy but not robotic, retro but not novel, emotional but not saccharine. There's an element of Tame Impala brand psych to be found in there as well, floating hand-in-hand with the textured synths and delayed vox in Wood's chosen space somewhere between lofi and stereo recording. Get a taste of the future right now and stream the album below. -Austin Phy

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