Indie Rock

New Music Video: "Twenty First Road Trip" - The Spirit of the Beehive

The Spirit of the Beehive’s long-awaited new album, Pleasure Suck, is set for release on March 24 via Tiny Engines. As we lie in wait, Federico Casanova’s video for “Twenty First Road Trip" has emerged. A blitz of ever-morphing, creepy/nostalgic imagery is displayed as the song’s soothing, grunge-psych marriage charges ahead. You can catch the gang in the flesh tomorrow night at Underground Arts, before they head out next week on an extensive tour across the U.S. in support of Pleasure Suck. (Photo by Emily Burtner)

   

Adiós Ghost unveils new single "Uncanny Valley," plays Knockdown Center tomorrow (03.09)

Brooklyn's Adiós Ghost just unveiled the first single off of their upcoming debut LP, Fade Out With Your Phantoms, which is set to come out in April. While Adiós Ghost continues to embrace the West African-inspired sounds of their past, they've introduced influences of new wave and funk into "Uncanny Valley", referencing the groove-centered rock of early-80s art-rock legends such as Peter Gabriel. Those familiar with the band's 2016 release Endless Return will hear more of the signature driven vocals from Ben Sigerson, as well as other familiar voices through featured guests C.F. Watkins and Half Waif's Nandi Plunkett. The track itself was recorded at the studio of Drew Vandenberg, who's done production work for Of Montreal and Futurebirds, among others.

To celebrate the release of "Uncanny Valley", Adiós Ghost will perform at the Knockdown Center in Queens on March 9th with Shy Layers and Faten Kanaan. Stay tuned for details of Adiós Ghost's Eastern U.S. tour, which will happen this spring after the release of Fade Out With Your Phantoms. - Will Sisskind

   

Deli NYC Record of the Month: Ian Sweet

Trio Ian Sweet, the brainchild of Los Angelinos guitarist Jilian Medford, relocated from Boston to Brooklyn in 2016. The city has been kind to them: the group has gathered a fair amount of interest since the move, after which they released two records in quick succession (their early releases, a lot more experimental, date back as far as 2013). While the earlier of the two (a self titled mini-LP) sounds like a transitional album, 'Shapeshifter' delivers a sound that's edgy, fun and mature - within the perimeters of the DIY aesthetics, which despise maturity. It's a mix of math rock, indie pop and psychedelia that marries the cerebral and the imaginative in surprising ways. Jilian's voice, always distorted in a blurry way, conveys a violent brightness to the tracks, and is at times reminiscent of early Bjork. Breakout single #23 (streaming bewlow) is the perfect exemplification of the band's disciplinately unruly pop expressionism. The record is a constant surprise, full of incredibly vibrant sounds, often drenched with rare passion ('2soft2chew') but also prone to playfulness ('All Skaters Go To Heaven'). The feeling we get is that 'Shapeshifter' is a sonic portrait of a band in the perfect musical sweet spot (like the Pixies on 'Surfer Rosa'), that confidently balances a youthful imagination with quality songwriting, and a sound that's daring without being over-produced. 

Ian Sweet will soon be going on tour that will take them to Austin for SXSW and then to the West Coast.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

   

Ticket Giveaway: Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision, Purling Hiss & The Spirit of the Beehive at Underground Arts This Friday

There is a killer, not-to-be-missed, psyched-the-fuck-out, locals-only bill happening this Friday, March 10 at Underground Arts with Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision, Purling Hiss, and The Spirit of the Beehive, and we'd be happy to get you in on us! To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Bring Weed". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

   

New The Vernes LP Available for Streaming & Download

Recorded in their basement during 2016, three sets of singles and an EP succinctly wrapped in a cohesive package, that’s The Vernes' self-titled debut album. The quintet locates a whimsical, drifting, lo-fi air that can scorch despite their penchant for breezy conditions. You can catch them performing next in Philly on Wednesday, March 22 at Boot & Saddle with American Trappist and Stef Chura. (Photo by Jamison Pinkert)