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Expand Your Mind with Zozma's Psychedelic Production

The Deli Portland has had an eye on Zozma for a while, and we're glad to see that more listeners have been turned onto them as well. Psych gets used more as an added descriptor to other types of genres, or as an element of an album, but there exists a lack of local, modern acts that define the genre. 

Enter Zozma, a collection of spiritually connected beings that create more than just music; they create a movement. Their music roots itself in traditonal Middle Eastern piety, powerfully united with ethereal vocals and a mastered understanding of instruments otherworldly. You'll find yourself fully consumed by its aural dominance as if to be in a trance-like state, exactly like what is imagined when thinking of the psychedelic tunes dominated the 60's.

Be sure to catch Zozma during one of their occasional performances around town. Their live performances sound exactly like their recordings, elevated by a hypnotizing and engaging stage presence. It's a musical adventure every appreciator needs to experience. 

Congrats on the Artist of the Month win, Zozma!

   

Color Tongue unveil video for 'Sprout," play the Knit on 10.10

The Deli NYC is delighted to premiere this deliciously lo-fi and bizarrely sci-fi video of 'Sprout,' a recent single by our current Artist of the Month Color Tongue. The colorful, heavily tactile sequence of images perfectly matches the song's organic sound, based on a vivid amalgamation of Devo-esque synths, crunchy guitars, and vocals that straddle the line between '60s pop and avant-psych a la' Animal Collective. This is music in which fun, imagination and catchiness go hand in hand (in hand) - what else can you ask for? Oh right... a great live show! You'll have that on October 10th at The Knit!

   

Needle Points Record Release Show at JB's Sept. 18

Celebrating the release of their latest effort, Feel Young (which officially comes out September 23), at Johnny Brenda's tonight, Needle Points fuses modern grit with nostalgic production, which was helmed this time around by Scott McMicken (Dr. Dog). Reminiscent of a drive down some forgotten, dusty road and suddenly discovering something new and rejuvenated in rock 'n' roll, the group has a sound that you'll gladly want to crank up while rolling the windows down. Step back in time this evening, where you'll also be joined by LA's Mystic Braves and The Dream Ride. Needle Points is heading out in October/November for a nearly month-long tour with mewithoutYou, Into It. Over It., and Yoni Wolf, so make sure to cop an album when the traveling circus rolls into your town and support the band's imprint NeedLove Records. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Keith Kelley

   

Pop & Obachan release two videos/singles from upcoming album 'Misc. Excellence'

What we want to see in an emerging band (and rarey notice) is constant improvement. And if somebody thinks constant improvement shouldn't be something that hard to achieve (don't we all constantly improve, after alll, at least for a while, if we keep at it?) well, that somebody is dead wrong. Yes, because making music (and art in general) means embracing a lifestyle of up and downs that often leaves the artist devoid of inspiration and creative energy: this happens because these days the products of creativity are nearly impossible to sell, and that's utterly depressing. Therefore to keep improving, as an artist, you've gotta be strong inside, have a separate job, keep a your art, believe in the dream when all evedence seems to point to doubt. 
That's why Pop & Obachan deserve huge praise: after releasing a great EP in 2015 (which was named NYC record of the month by this very blog), they recently dropped two beautifl new singles accompanied by self produced videos (we are streaming 'I Bet High" below, you can check out 'Bad Way' here) that show further progress, without losing any of their charmingly fresh and honest pop sound, which draws influence from Fleetwood Mac, Broadcast, Harry Nilsson and Camera Obscura. On October 7 they'll release their debut album Misc. Excellence, and celebrate at Our Wicked Lady with a live show on October 13. If you dig this song, go out to support them - that's what keeps the creative vibe going!

   

Peals unveils video for "Become Younger" + plays The Compound tonight (09.16)

Ww just stumbled upon this very pretty video (directed by Miranda Javid) by the Baltimore based duo, Peals, comprised by William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Post Typography/Double Dagger). "Become Younger" is the first single from the new album "Honey," the bands' sophomore album dropping today. The band will celebrate with a release party at the Compound, do not miss!