Songwriters

New Music Video: "2016" - Curtis Cooper

The overwhelming avalanche of grief resulting from a high frequency and proximity to death shaped Curtis Cooper over the last year. The video for “2016” illustrates Cooper in a somber state as whispering vocals gradually give way to a squaring up of the mental demons these tragic events have aroused. The song, which is dedicated to John Kohlbecker, Richard Drueding, Harrison Ziskind, Mike Giambrone, Bruce Kock, Kayla Peter, Jack Warner Crawford, Joan Bradley and Erik Petersen, haunts with its resounding echo.

Premiere: Katie Garibaldi - In My Wildest Dreams

San Francisco‐based Americana singer‐songwriter, Katie Garibaldi, announces the release of her live performance video, “In My Wildest Dreams.” The track is from her new EP, Rooted Clarity, that dropped in June. Women’s Radio says, “San Francisco's Katie Garibaldi offers something original and distinctive, as well as possesses a strong business savvy that has gotten her far ahead on the road of an indie artist.” Garibaldi has spent the majority of her life singing and performing. '

We're always proud to premiere new releases, so without further ado check out K. Garibaldi's new video for "In My Wildest Dreams." Make sure you support Katie and Bay Area independent music!

Curl Up in drowse's Memory Bed

A sonic landscape blanketed with dark overtones and glum ambiance, drowse's Memory Bed EP streches slightly further from is previous works of incredibly reverb-laden drone by continuing to capture the essence of mental turmoil, only now through a more minimalistic lens.

Using just a microphone, acoustic guitar and laptop, Kyle Bates (the man behind drowse) recorded the EP directly succeeding his soon asleep album, with each release acting as the conflict and the resolution to Bates' story involving his descent into certain medications. Memory Bed is the elucidation of confusion, pain and lost intimacy expressed through processed clamor.

As drowse, Bates has made good with using female vocals as yet another instrument. On Memory Bed, Maya Stoner of Sabonis lends the serenity of her voice and personal experiences shared with Bates through lyrics in all three tracks.

Without a doubt, the Memory Bed EP is more than just an conceptual collection of songs, but it's an emotive art form.

drowse had his album release/welcome back show last night, is having a short in-store performance today at Music Millenium and will be playing again later this month as part of Festicide

Join the Secret Sea in celebrating "Army Of Souls" and his upcoming tour

A couple months ago, the Secret Sea dominated and won a round of the Deli Portland's Artist of the Month poll. We're now pleased to share the Secret Sea's newest single "Army Of Souls" and the release show in support of it, which happens to be kicking off his month long foray along the West Coast and beyond.

Relocating to Portland from Tel Aviv, Amit Erez, the Secret Sea's main vein, throws himself deeply into his songwriting with an uninhibited beatific expression. Each track finds the listener more closely connecting with Erez as an artist on an emotional level and "Army Of Souls" is no different.

First premiering on Next Northwest this last Thursday, "Army Of Souls" is yet another song showcasing Erez's ability to delicately tug at your internal strings with an Elliot Smith-ian sort of mastery. 

A single release show for "Army Of Souls" will be TONIGHT at the Turn! Turn! Turn! along with two Boston artists, Annabelle Lord-Patey and Matt Minigell, and fellow Portland solo artist GLASYS, who also provided keyboards on the Secret Sea's track.

Peep the Secret Sea's tour dates while you listen to "Army Of Souls" below.

THE SECRET SEA TOUR DATES

8.6 TURN! TURN! TURN! (SINGLE RELEASE SHOW) - PORTLAND, OR 

8.7 NNPC - TACOMA, WA 

8.13  THE HATCH - OAKLAND, CA 

8.14  MILK BAR - SAN FRANCISCO, CA 

8.16  THE MINT - LOS ANGELES, CA

8.20  OLD TOWN PUB - PASADENA, CA 

8.26  SEATTLE ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL - SEATTLE, WA 

9.7 THE ZONE - TEL AVIV, IL

9.16  PETE'S CANDY STORE - NEW YORK, NY 

NYC Artist on the rise: COTE's mellow pop

Newcomer pop artist COTE has clearly been keeping her ear's peeled to indie pop's current state of affairs. On the NYC artist's debut track, "London," she brings together dreamy guitar licks in addition to nostalgic synth patterns — both of which are hallmarks of today's pop landscape.  Her dark and sultry vocals might be slightly reminiscent of mellow-pop goddess Lana Del Rey, but make no mistake: her debut single 'London' shows a peronality that's all her own. Most importantly, this is a beautifully produced track that showcases a young artist with a noteworthy voice and very promising songwriting chops. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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

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