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November 2012
Sunglasses
"Wildlife
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Blending the complex harmonies of The Beach Boys with the gritty aesthetics of the new millennium's bedroom pop, Sunglasses add a new chapter to the Brooklyn DIY scene - which they recently embraced after moving from Savannah, GA. Whereas most current Brooklyn bands have a tendency to flirt with the decadent, self-indulgent atmospheres of the East Coast and European bands of the '60s and '70s, the duo's debut full length "Wildlife" is a collection of sunny and eclectic pop songs whose melodies quite unexpectedly flirt with jazz and lounge without sounding like either. The background is a kaleidoscopic accumulation of sounds that could be described as brilliantly organized chaos - a production style we also appreciated on Foxygen's latest record, and that can be traced back to the Beck-Animal Collective "influenceology tree" - but a chaos that works with the upbeat songwriting to create a super-fun party atmosphere. If Sunglasses are able to recreate this atmosphere on a stage, they might have a brilliant career ahead of them. I guess we'll find out tonight at Glasslands, when they'll be celebrating the release of "Wildlife." - PDG

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Electro-pop NYC band on the rise: Bowmont announces releases + headlines Pianos on 11.30

Started in NYC as a solo project by Danish singer and multi-instrumentalist Emil Bovbjerg, Bowmont slowly evolved into a stylish electro-pop collaboration involving a LOT of interesting musicians - including members of Mon Khmer, Rubblebucket and Eli Paperboy Reed. The band is now announcing the release of debut EP '“Euphorian Age” on February 1st, which will serve as an appetizer to the full length scheduled for later in 2013. Check out the preview single "Ruphmiup" below and go see Bowmont live at Pianos when they'll be headlining on Friday November 30. (Photo by Caro Patlis)

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Zak Smith's new video

Zak Smith's rock'n'roll is not intended for the Brooklyn hipster, but for the masses outside the bubble we live in, who enjoy Classic American Rock as made famous by artists like The Boss or John Mellencamp. Zak has got the voice, the chops and the look to pull this off big time, as his growing fan base - approaching 12k Facebook likes - can testify. The bearded singer recently released this fine video of the single "Crawling" - streaming below. In the next few weeks he'll be playing several shows in the NY/NJ area - more info here.

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Religious to Damn becomes Azar Swan

Formerly the core members of orchestral goth project Religious To Damn (Deli Record of the month in 2011), Zohra Atash and Joshua Strawn changed gears early this year, turning their ensemble into a drum machine minded, electro-centric duo named Azar Swan. The shift was sparked by a two-fold realization from Atash and Strawn who were looking to consolidate the project, with coordinating multiple musicians often slowing the writing and performing process, combined with a mutual revived interest in electronic music and hip-hop beats pulling influences from acts like The-Dream and These New Puritans. The band debuted live on November 10.

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Railbird releases "Lucky EP" on 11.27 - stream "Mirrors"

We sent a decent amount of love to Railbird in the last few months - and also booked them for one of our CMJ 2012 shows. This Brooklyn based band is gaining momentum thanks to their brainy but gently melodic composition which will enthuse fans of Dirty Projectors and Deerhoof. They recently played with Deli favorites Rubblebucket and Reptar, which definitely helped them raise their profile, and are now hitting the nail on the head with a new EP release - that's exactly what bands should do when when they have some "buzz," rather than waiting for it to fade. "Mirror" (streaming below) showcases a further step towards awesomely produced quirky arrangements compensated by SKP's melodic talent.

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