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Riley Moore releases video for "Sitting on a Boat"

Channeling his inner Jimmy Buffett, folk/Americana up-and-comer Riley Moore drops his new video for "Sitting on a Boat", a song about exactly what it says in its title. From the mind of "Pancakes and M&Ms", "Sitting on a Boat" reveals the whimsical nature of Moore's songwriting, filled with aphorisms of lackadaisical days on the water drinking and relishing in the glory of going nowhere. Moore's just come off of a tour around the country to support his debut LP Vagrant, an appropriate title for an artist who's spent his life traveling the globe and taking on the worldly nature of a thinker and writer at his prime. Watch the video for "Sitting on a Boat" below. - Will Sisskind

 

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Kip Berman of Pains of Being Pure at Heart plays Baby's All Right on 10.01-02

Kip Berman has made a name for himself as the singer/songwriter behind The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but he's now begun to express his musical side outside of the band setting as The Natvral. Berman calls his new musical outlet "neither solo project nor side project", although his more stripped-down folk style counters the driving nature of songs on his Pains albums. His first EP as The Natvral, called Know Me More, does in fact allow the listener to know more of Berman, who has married, had a child, and moved to Princeton in the last few years; songs such as the opening title track reveal Berman's growth over the course of those events, with little more than an electric guitar to back up his metaphorical lyrics. Berman will perform as The Natvral throughout the beginning of October in venues across the Northeast; he'll take the stage at Baby's All Right tonight and tomrrow (October 1-2) to open for Hatchie. Listen to the title track off of Know Me More below. - Will Sisskind 

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The Deli Philly’s October Record of the Month: I'll Sing - Shannen Moser

Berks County native Shannen Moser’s I'll Sing (Lame-O Records) is an unexpected yet melodic balm. A timely follow-up to 2017’s Oh, My Heart, her sophomore release reveals not only her depth as a singer-songwriter but her strength as a storyteller. From start to finish, it’s an immersive homage to coming of age, framed by delicate chords, earnest vocals, and truth-laden lyricism.

Beginning with “47th Street,” I’ll Sing’s emotion is unabashed, even in its earliest moments. The track opens with a stripped-down subtlety that builds into a fuller soundscape and further crystallizes lines like “I don't cry anymore” and "It’s just a feeling, that’s what feeling is for.” When Moser sings, “If I could feel something good, I would share with you, you know I would,” listeners will believe her without a shred of doubt. A noteworthy anthem about desire and the way the past can shape a person, “47th Street” is the flawless start to a deeply personal LP.

In a similar fashion, “Haircut Song” centers around a memory and an intimate request that becomes a two-fold remembrance of how caring for another person can reveal the beauty and damage that go hand-in-hand with human closeness and the unreliable nature of a broken heart. Amplified by steady strums of acoustic guitar and the hiss of snare, Moser’s song manages to be sincere without resorting to melodrama. The album's third offering, “Joanna,” brings to mind Chan Marshall's earliest cuts and the heartfelt harmony of First Aid Kit's The Big Black and the Blue. Here, Moser turns a plea into a praise song of yearning and transformation. It’s a stunning example of songwriter’s ability to turn even the most ordinary of moments into a vivid melody. Through her voice, the personal becomes universal.

“Everytown” continues to showcase I’ll Sing’s emotive relatability through the swoon-worthy swell of guitar and Moser’s steady diction. When she sings, “It’s easier to feel in love when it’s warm,” and insists that “in every town there’s someone just like me missing someone like you,” the tune feels like the biography of anyone whose life has been shaped by friendship and romance. It’s an ode to small towns and the transformative power of kindness and intimacy. “Baby Blue” is like a contemporary riff on country classics like Loretta Lynn’s “Color of the Blues” and  Skeeter Davis’ Here's the Answer, while “Arizona (I Wanna Be Your Man)” brings to mind the unforgettable passion of cuts by Lucy Dacus and the equally affecting Julien Baker.

“Hallelujah” possesses an instantaneous warmth that amplifies its disillusioned honesty. A ballad for modern cynics and believers alike, Moser’s hymn appears most holy when it captures the duality of the world that surrounds us. As she sings, "Hallelujah the world is all broken and bad, Hallelujah for love and caring for this land," it is difficult not to experience a sense of revival from the searing truth of her chorus. “Blacktop Mountain” and “The Ballad of Freddie Jones” are audibly haunting and bound to bring to mind the instrumentive progression of old favorites by The New Amsterdams and the confessional candidness of Lissie’s “Shroud” or Jenny Lewis’ quintessential Rabbit Fur Coat.

In “Your Window Seat,” the necessity of communication and connection comes through with each line Moser breathes, undoubtedly reminding her audience of the people in their own lives who they turn to, whether it be in times of need or joy. An understated hint of vibrant sorrow echoes throughout “West Texas Blues,” making the track memorable in a satisfyingly unshakable way. The vibrating strings and striking lines of “One for Mama” are similarly gripping, proving that although Moser is still in her twenties, she is aware of the way the world can weather a person. “Trouble” and “Pleasantville” feel urgent yet timeless, while “I’ll Sing,” the LP's title track, leaves listeners transfixed by the artist’s wisdom and her dedication to sharing her songs with those who are willing to listen.

Unarguably stirring and profound, I’ll Sing should be considered required listening for anyone with a heartbeat. It will transform you for the better.  – Dianca London

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New Pulgas EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

A beautifully twisted portmanteau of candescent pop and arrhythmic flux, Pulgas’ Simon Martinez and Zane Shields return with More Like Us (Astro Nautico). Released as a companion EP to an album coming in the spring, More Like Us takes the listener through four concise yet dense tracks that display a growth in their craftsmanship from previous recordings. Their sense of dynamism in musicianship is fiercely on display, while the production and quality of the recordings are vibrant and smooth. If you’re a fan of DIY-pop aficionados in the vein of Ryan Power or Jake Tobin, the new Pulgas EP will be a welcome addition to your musical wheelhouse. - Josh Kelly

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A Deli Premiere: Katy Rea releases "Actress" from debut EP; plays Elsewhere 10.24

Hot on the upcoming release of her debut EP, singer-songwriter Katy Rea has released the hook-filled track "Actress". Complete with Rea's trademark grittiness, the song looks back on the artist's upbringing in Texas and how her childhood shaped her present. With her band, Katy plays music reminiscent of Laura Marling, with her voice echoing Kate Bush's idiosyncrasies and range. And if you listen closely, you might hear the quirks -- such as alternate tunings and creative chord structures -- singing from Rea's guitar. Her upcoming EP S.K.O.W. -- short for Some Kind Of Woman -- will drop on October 26th with the release show scheduled for the 24th at Elsewhere Zone 1. Listen to the Deli NYC premiere of "Actress" below. - Will Sisskind

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