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White Sea free download from upcoming album

White Sea

Known as the keyboardist of French shoegazers M83 and frontwoman of The Romanovs, Morgan Kibby is stepping out on her own as White Sea. It's no surprise that her years spent with M83 rubbed off on her -- her ability to create haunting, etheral, pop music is apparent in her remix of Seven Saturday's "The Shallow End" but also her forthcoming EP This Frontier.

After getting my hands on the track "Mountaineer", Kibbys vocals bear a striking resemblance to that of Imogen Heap, with layered synth and echoing tom drums working their way to cinematic crescendo. Not one to be boxed in, Kibby promises that the EP will show off her stylistic range but with a common thread tying it all together. The album was completed with the help of friends Jonathan Leahy on guitar and bass, Jonathan Bates (Big Black Delta, Mellowdrone) with mixes of "Ladykiller" and "Mountaineer", and Ray Suen (Louis XIV, Mariachi El Bronx) with string arrangements for "Ladykiller" and "Oljato". This Frontier is due for release October 5th, but RCRDLBL has made available a free download of her track "Mountaineer".

-Angelo Lorenzo

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Vanaprasta releases a 7" that takes a peek at their forthcoming album

Vanaprasta

In a fine close to their September residency at the Echo, Vanaprasta played their anticipated full length album, Healthy Geometry, in it's entirety. The band has decided to release a 7" vinyl featuring "Minnesota" and "Skinny State" while the LP receives its finishing touches.

The band was praised early on with their breakout EP, Forming the Shapes, and based on these two new tracks Vanaprasta is not slowing down. "Minnesota" opens with a bit of synth before being joined by Steven Wilkin's vocals and Ben Smiley's drums, the verse brings in the rest of the band -- Collin Desha and Cameron Dmytryk on guitar and keys, and Taylor Brown on bass. The choruses power through with gritty, belted vocals and distorted guitars before resolving into a sexy, dirty guitar solo break near the end of the song. The other debuted track, "Skinny State", opens with rhythmic bass and drums that powers through the verse and chorus, setting a more frantic pace. A quick, straightforward track, Wilkin's vocals crescendo to the final screamed chorus before quietly leading out. If you've never heard them, think of a more talented version of Kings of Leon.

Healthy Geometry was produced by Manny Nieto (HEALTH, The Breeders) who brought the band under his wing to help them craft a more powerful, trashy, and raw sound. "Minnesota" and "Skinny State" were two of the three tracks to be fully at Nieto's studio. LA local Dave Cooley (Silversun Pickups, Local Natives) mastered the recording, icing on the cake for this LP. -- We're looking forward to it!

Listen to "Minnesota"
Listen to "Skinny State"

-Angelo Lorenzo

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The Deli Los Angeles is looking for writers!

Readers, listen up!

Do you want access to the coolest shows and score great albums from local LA artists before they're released? The Deli Los Angeles is looking for volunteer staff writers, not only for the website but to help us out on our next print issue as well.

The ideal candidate will have a passion and understanding for our scene here in LA, great writing chops, and the ability to commit to at least three months of staff duty here with us at the Deli. Journalism majors looking for resume experience are more than welcome to apply. Not a writer? Then spread the word!

If you're interested, please send a brief bio as well as a few writing examples over to angelo@thedelimagazine.com with the subject line "Staff Position". Can't wait to hear from you all!

-Angelo Lorenzo

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Halloween Swim Team completes their EP trilogy

Halloween Swim Team

As a precursor to the next full-length release by Halloween Swim Team, the band is tantalizing fans with a 3-part EP series called ANTENNAAA.ep. Parts one and two were released earlier this summer with the last installment released yesterday, September 25th, at the band's Echo Curio show.

The trio highlights tracks from the upcoming album ANTENNAAA on each EP, as well as bonus remixes, live recordings, and other studio experiments. With all members on synthesizers, Halloween Swim Team creates a wide spectrum of buoyant, intergalactic moods. The ANTENNAAA.ii EP contains a spoken word track called "They Got Computers.i" and label mate Michael Nhat raps over beats that sounds like they are going through a time warp on "Make Them Die Slowly."

The members of Halloween Swim Team are known for their DIY ethics as well as starting Los Angeles' Vermont House, host to rising bands such as Crystal Antlers, Abe Vigoda, and Japanther. Halloween Swim Team are scheduled to perform at the Manimal Festival on October 2nd along with The Like, Swahili Blonde, Afghan Raiders, and Love Grenades. Never a dull moment, the band contributed a cover of "Look Back In Anger" on the new David Bowie tribute album released by Manimal Vinyl.

Get a free download of the moody "Science Fiction"

-Karla Hernandez

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Mad Planet's new album "All Elephants" and upcoming show

Mad Planet

I'm continually surprised by how much talent and musical variety is bred by LA's co-ed duos like Passion Pit and the previously mentioned Loch & Key. It's a good thing Cooper Gillespie and Greg Gordon of Mad Planet are more than keeping up with the competition thanks to their debut LP All Elephants.

Conceived in early 2009, All Elephants dives deeply into the genres of trip-hop, alternative rock, and jazz -- a surprising departure from Gillespie's and Gordon's time spent in bands like Bang Sugar Bang and Nervous Return. The album was recorded through the course of a year in the duo's Silverlake apartment with album art supplied by comic artist Nathan Hamill, son of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill.

I was a bit interested to listen after hearing them name Portishead and Massive Attack as strong influences for their album. "I Live Alone" and "Love Addict" are shining examples Gillespie's smooth alto, trip-hop influenced, vocals; her lyrics taking on themes of loss and healing. It's not until "Danger Danger" do things really pick up with a slightly industrial feel and Gordon's strong up tempo break beats. Introspection is a strong theme throughout the 12 song collection, coming to a head with the closing track "Watch", it's noisy oscillations fading into silence.

If you're looking to see Mad Planet live, their next show is Wednesday, September 29th at the Viper Room.

-Angelo Lorenzo

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