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Emily Afton Releases Her New Album - Archetype

Bay Area based singer-songwriter, Emily Afton has released a new collection of hauntinly beautiful songs. Her album is entitled, Archetype and can be heard in its entirety via Soundcloud.com. We're always excited to share new music with The Deli readers and this new album is a total gem!

Archetype is a crossroads of Emily Afton’s path as a songwriter. It brings together new ideas & old concepts, taps into her psyche, and draws from the canon of contemporary tastes while creating something distinct. The album is indicative of Afton’s changing artistic tides, ebbing from guitar and piano driven folk and flowing to alt pop circuitry and back over a period of about a year. Her decision to change her name from ‘Emily Moldy’ (her last name is Moldenhauer, Afton is her middle name) was also inspired by the broadening musical horizons in full view on Archetype. The album is a perfect introduction to Afton’s inspired persona, drawing the listener in close with a Siren’s song that stops before the rocks get too close.

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Batya unveils songs from debut EP, plays Rockwood on 11/12

In her debut EP (to be released soon, but most tracks are available for streaming on her Soundcloud pageBatya passes an important litmus test for any emerging songwriter: being able to convincingly convey emotion. A self-described dream pop artist, the 19 year old New York artist introduces herself with "What's my name," a track that walks the line between folk and pop ballad. Batya's best asset is her haunting, ringing yet expressive voice, which drips with sadness in a way that resonates well with the song's somber tone. Her lyrics too do a good job of conveying the track's emotional qualities, as she asks herself a series of existential questions that remain unanswered. It's a promising start for a young artist, and its hopefully one she'll be able to capitalize on for future efforts. You can check out her track below, and catch Batya live at Rockwood on 11/12. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber 

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Nicklas Hughes Record Release Show at Boot & Saddle Sept. 29

Nicklas Hughes celebrates the release of his sophomore album, Games (due out tomorrow via Black Rd Records), with a show this evening at Boot & Saddle. Hughes enlists an emotion-exposing, singer-songwriter accessibility. However, those somber tales are hardened by the influx of multidimensional synth/pop-rock-toned instrumentation. That on-the-move feeling places the songs in the present tense as the listener lives them in the moment, while still carrying an emotive depth. Joining in on the celebration are the continuously-searching, electro-folk quartet of Upperfields and the engaging serene vocal synth combination of Natalie Wimberg and Marc Neibauer, a.k.a. My Home is the Sea. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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New Track: "Let Me Get There" (Feat. Kurt Vile) - Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

A captivating intimacy silhouetted by a hypnotic surf/dream-pop groove, “Let Me Get There,” the new single from Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, is a song whose subtle intricacies stick. The track, which also features Kurt Vile, plays off the relaxed, heart-warming vocal duet/conversation as delicate keys and the light yet firm grasp of the twisting backend meet with warm stretches of guitar, hitting against the shore. The single is featured on the forthcoming album Until the Hunter, which will be released on November 4 via Tendril Tales.

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New Track: "Haunt If You Want" - Ape School

Though it looked like Ape School had been seemingly put to rest, Michael Johnson continues to still record (and earlier this year perform) under the moniker. Below is "Haunt If You Want," the final track on his upcoming LP. Death is Messy is due out in early 2017 via Boiled Records. (Photo by Darshana Borah)

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