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Deli Best of NYC 2012 - Open Submission Results for PSYCH ROCK/ SHOEGAZE/ DREAM-POP

Psych Rock and related genres like Shoegaze and Dreampop belong to a very interesting musical niche with lots of loyal fans - NYC hosts a good share of them. Here is the list of bands from these categories who submitted to our Best of NYC 2012 poll and qualified to the next stage.

Total submissions in this category: 34

Artists Qualified to the Poll's Next Stage (starting around 01.10)

1. Lazyeyes - Average rating: 8.33
2. Eastern Hollows - Average rating: 8.16
3. Napoleon - Average rating: 8

Honorable Mentions:

4. The Ugly Club - Average rating: 7.83
4. The Widest Smiling Faces - Average rating: 7.83
6. dead leaf echo - Average rating: 7.66 
6. Sunglasses - Average rating: 7.66 
6. The Midnight Hollow - Average rating: 7.66 
9. Cave Days - Average rating: 7.5
9. HOUNDSds - Average rating: 7.5

Jurors: Dawn Reed (Deli DC), Ben Toledo (Deli Portland), Lucy Sherman (Deli Seattle)

The Deli's Staff

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Lazyeyes wins Psych Rock category in the Best of NYC 2012 Open Submissions

Brooklyn Lazyeyes does the shoegaze thing right. There is a spacious ambiance to the guitars and appealing cathedral qualities on the vocals. Solid straightforward percussion creates an unadorned anchor for all of the other cerebral qualities brought in by voices and guitars. Their lush melodies descend on us straight from the 7th heaven. The overall feel (and progression) brings to mind classic mid-90's dreampop, one of the true golden ages of indie rock. If the streaming single "Wait" had been put out back then (and had been made in the UK) this band might have made the cover of NME (or good old Melody Maker). The band topped the list of Psych Rock/Dream Pop artists who submitted to be considered for our Year End Poll for emerging NYC artists, with an average rating of 8.33. See them live at Glasslands on February 1. - Dave Cromwell

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Eastern Hollows places 2nd in Psych Rock Year End Poll NYC Submissions

With their EP “Days Ahead” released in July and their single “Summer’s Dead” out just a few weeks ago in December, 2012 was a busy year for Brooklyn based psych rock band Eastern Hollows. Meandering guitars, cymbal heavy drumming, and languid vocals give their music a dreamy edge reminiscent of classic shoegaze sounds with a refreshing indie twist. The band placed second in the Psych Rock/Dream Pop submissions for our Best of NYC 2012 Poll with an average rating of 8.16. See them live at Glasslands on January 7. - Lucy Sherman

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Napoleon is 3rd in Psych Rock Open Submissions for Deli Best of NYC 2012 Poll

The cool thing about Brooklyn band Napoleon - currently our NYC artist of the month, see pic next to The Deli's logo - is that they play a brand of dream pop that DOES NOT refer back to the usual suspects of the genre like Cocteau Twins, The Sundays or My Bloody Valentine, but rather to other dreamy musical giants like Jeff Buckley, Low, and Elliot Smith. However, their sound is overall truly their own - although admittedly single "City Girls" features Arcade Fire influences.

Check out our favorite tracks Mad (streaming below) and Sarafan (video here), and go see Napoleon live at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge on January 08. The band got an average rating of 8 out of 10, which granted them 3rd place in our Best of NYC Poll's Psych Rock/Dream Pop open submissions. - PDG

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