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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

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The Wild Now Achieve Rare Chemistry On Debut Release

 Taylor Baker met Drew Walker at a Local Natives concert in 2013 and as fate would have it, a baby would arise from the chance meeting. There is no actual toddler to speak of, but the metaphorical musical synthesis that call themselves, The Wild Now, have had their momentum snowball with the release of their debut EP, Gold Dust. The talented duo self-describe their sound as 'indie gelato', which proves accurate as they embrace a swirl of influences including pop, folk, alt-rock, and even electronica. Taylor's vocals have an impressive soulful depth that can either effortlessly dominate or perfectly compliment Drew's dexterous guitar riffing. The six-track EP has a confident intimacy that eschews sensationalism and embraces a more roots-based songwriting dynamic. Tracks like "Salt" and "Gold Dust" project subtle brilliance while "New Eyes" and "Seek" have chorus swells that quicken the pulse with fortified guitars, horns, and synths. The chemistry of The Wild Now is rare in it's fluidity and ease, and with many upcoming local shows, Austinites should be thankful to see this duo hone their craft in our backyard before they are lost to an inevitable national audience.

-Lee Ackerley

 

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Tocaio Emits Ambient Brilliance on Yesca EP

 Ambient waves of electronic bliss gently wash up on the soft sands of Tocaio's music. Formed in the Winter of 2015, Tocaio is the solo project of Carlos Ramirez who creates electronic instrumentals that tap into vivid tapestries of nostalgia in the listener's mind. Ethereal progressions and airy grooves hint at Nujabes or Books as influences, but Tocaio does well in finding it's own unique vibe and sound. The 6-track Yesca EP includes four originals and two remixes which can both lull you into a dreamlike trance as well as scintillate your senses.Yesca sets the stage for Tocaio's debut album, Pointillism, which is expected to be released early next year.

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Mountebank Gets Things Moving Quickly With Debut EP

The definition of a 'mountebank': a flamboyant deceiver; someone who attracts customers through tricks or joke. While the new folk-influenced quartet who go by that name certainly dont need to use deception to gain an audience, they are flamboyant and light-hearted, which shines through definitively in their music.  Formed in the Summer of 2016 after other music projects fell through, Mountebank recently released their debut EP Mountebank: Live From Lake Wobegon, which straddles elements of outlaw country, post-pop, and garage rock.  The glue holding this tapestry of influences together is the positivity and joviality found in the DNA of the group that makes their charm irresistible.  Mountebank is on a tear, playing shows, writing new music, and forging ahead with their new project that doesn't need tricks or gimmicks to gain new fans.

-Lee Ackerley

 

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