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Experimental singer/songwriter BERU released nostalgic EP “Adult Emotions”

Like the sound explorers Keiji Haino and Vashti Bunyan, Jessica Nicole Collins has channeled complex moods through BERU's stream-of-consciousness applique since her 2006 year-end single "Spaces In Time". Her live engineered sound collages would completely envelop venues and listeners, emanating existential themes and affectations of world-weariness. But her newest EP “Adult Emotions” is different.

“For this EP, I wanted to make music with sounds that I've loved since I was a child.”

Just as the title suggests, BERU’s newest collection is mature in conception: dense and measured, wistful and purgative. But the songs are also an eidetic recollection of innocence in the eye of loss.

“One of my best friends passed away last year, and I needed to set my emotions to music from a time before I knew pain like this. I have to sing about my loss, so I can look at it from the outside and try and understand it.”

She tags the release with descriptors like “island goth”, “smooth rock”, “newage”, and “doom metal”, and rightfully so — these influences, and more, are abound in each of the six songs. Collins recites ‘90s adolescence by memory, from Yucatan pan flutes, Miami Vice, “the chillest of beats Enigma used,” and Bryan Adams’ suave guitar-lead auras.

BERU’s EP “Adult Emotions” is available now, free to stream on Bandcamp. Her next performance will be on December 5th, to help celebrate the sophomore album release of Los Angeles’ synthpop/goth trio Ghost Noise at Non Plus Ultra. Watch the music video for "Darker Currents", directed by Michael Norquest, below. - Ryan Mo





Seventeen Evergreen Celebrates Album Release - 10/23

The San Francisco based neo psych band, Seventeen Evergreen will be celebrating their album release at The Chapel on October 23rd. The duo´s new EP, Epiphanie Solaire is being physically released by the Santa Cruz based limited edition vinyl label, Spiritual Pajamas. Make sure you pick up Seventeen Evergreen´s new 12 inch vinyl and check out the digital release via Bandcamp.

The Swedish rock band, Dungen will also be performing at the album release party. This is going to be a good show! Do your best to support awesome local independent artists!





Toronto pop duo K.I.D. plays CMJ + tours

Some band names have the power to inhibit your "clicking" will, and, admittedly, the band called K.I.D. (akronim for "Kid In Dehad precisely that effect. But sometimes you've gotta get past first impressions... Our self-discipline triumphed though, and the consequent, reluctant clicking was rewarded with some really cool electronic rock-pop by a Toronto duo that's currently in NYC for the CMJ music festival. Check out their recent video for single "New Emotion," which showcases singer Kara's noteworthy vocal talent and presence, and the band's propensity for radio friendly melodies. After their appearance at CMJ, K.I.D. will come back to Canada for a brief East Coast tour. 

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Portland folk band Windus plays Mississippi Studios on 11.19

Here at The Deli we try to reward artists that dare to forge new, interesting sounds, and Portland duo Windus definitely belongs to this category, at least in this 2014 single "Peninsula" from their debut, self titled EP. We love the stripped down intensity, minimalistic melodies and textural elements coming and going in waves. The rest of the records settles for a more regular folk sound, but always keeping the intensity and poetry on. You can see Windus live at Mississippi Studios on 11.19.





Portland artists playing CMJ: teenage phenomenon Grace Mitchell

The CMJ festival is currently on in NYC, and we stumbled upon a Portland artists that's taking part in it we never covered before: Grace Mitchell. The 18 year old certainly sounds a lot older and wiser than her age in her blues-electro-pop sophomore EP "Raceday," which was released just a few weeks ago. Her tracks certainly don't belong to the widespread "intimate female songwriter" category, but on the contrary possess almost invariably a bombastic pop element. It's really hard to believe a teenager can have a vocal delivery as confident as hers. 

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