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Cheat Aqua is all about low-key harmony on self-titled EP

The self-titled debut EP by Cheat Aqua is a collection of brooding, sentimental pieces recorded by a one-man band (plus drum machine) and brought to life by the wonders of tape and its warm lo-fi resonance. Not one to leave a quarter of his four track recorder unloved, Cheat Aqua's main man Vaughn Walters fills out the sonic space with more harmonies than a Thin Lizzy guitar solo made sentient covering early Iron & Wine. The EP a wistful little gem, and we'd recommend you check it out on a cool, still night of your choosing. -Austin Phy


Ferdinand's "Proud Honey" is a dreamy sound collage

Proud Honey is something akin to a rush of cars driving by. There isn't much to latch on to other than the constant flow itself and all the colors and makes and models and faces subconsciously blend together into a patchwork slipstream. You lose track of the individual pieces and forget that the entire process is a very inorganic, man-made thing as it fades into something as natural as a school of fish. The pieces here are even more abstract—new wave, post-punk, goth, surf—and the result is an EP that passes by all too quickly and demands another listen or two. -Austin Phy


Linear Downfall hits the road; Win two tickets for their Nashville show!

If there's a soundtrack to losing your mind and loving it, Linear Downfall is the composer, the band, and the medium itself. All the symptoms are there on 2015's Sufferland: the delicate, lucid orchestral movements, feeding directly into pieces that sound like those movements were run through a random number generator and then stomped into the concrete. Needless to say, their live show is also completely nuts. That's why we're thrilled to announce that not only is Linear Downfall taking their freak-psych show on the road, but they're kicking the whole thing off with a Nashville stop on May 6 featuring Pleasures, Yumi and the System, and Carter Routh. Oh, and did we mention that a lucky fan and their plus-one will get to check that show out for free?

Enterprising Nashvillians who want TWO free tickets to the May 6 show at the High Watt oughta follow us on Twitter and then tweet with the hashtag #DeliGiveaway. It's that easy! The contest closes in one week, on April 26 at noon CST, which also happens to be when we'll notify our randomly-chosen winner. And while it's true that there's only going to be one winner, the fact that Linear Downfall is on tour should put a big ol' smile on everybody's face. Have a look at the full tour schedule below and start planning! 


Deli Premiere: Laurel & The Love-In unveils "Gonna Do" ahead of summer album release

Modern bands going for a classic rock sound have a tendency to stop short in one of two ways. They strip the soul from it by aping their influences only and forgetting about the place where it all started—the blues—or they stick too tightly to those bluesy roots and ignore decades of musical growth and innovation. Laurel & the Love-In bring the best of both worlds with "Gonna Do," the lead single off the upcoming summer sizzler Don't Love Nobody. Rootsy as it gets but not stiflingly so, "Gonna Do" hits the highs with grace and dips low and easy only to blossom back into a spirited outro, all the while driving forward with the determination and experience of several different generations. We're thrilled to debut the track below, and we encourage you to keep watch for Don't Love Nobody when it releaes later this year. -Austin Phy


Steve Wood Music's "Transformation" is a look into the eye of the robot

Tasteful in its execution, Steve Wood Music's debut Transformation is a well-rounded retrofuturistic voyage that avoids all the indulgences that lead to cheesy electronic music. It's dancy but not robotic, retro but not novel, emotional but not saccharine. There's an element of Tame Impala brand psych to be found in there as well, floating hand-in-hand with the textured synths and delayed vox in Wood's chosen space somewhere between lofi and stereo recording. Get a taste of the future right now and stream the album below. -Austin Phy


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