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Youth Code announces second full-length Commitment to Complications, shares new track "Transitions"

Ruthless EBM duo Youth Code convey a truly visceral experience that has to be seen live to be believed, as they've earned their place in the last few years as one of most prominent acts in the current industrial music landscape. Following their breakthrough A Place to Stand EP, the duo of Sara Taylor and Ryan George have teamed up with producer Rhys Fulber (Front Line assembly / Fear Factory) to produce their second full-length Commitment to Complications. The first reveal off of Commitment, "Transitions", is a blistering scorcher with clanging drum machines and pummeling synth textures that's unboundedly aggressive. 

Commitment to Complications is due out on April 8 via Dais Records.

 

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Let's Drive to Alaska releases "Sejatski" off debut LP

Changing seasons have seen changing sounds in Let's Drive to Alaska, but Christopher Garcia's electronic post-rock outlet remains as verdant as it did in 2005, when it was just a laptop project. LDTA has warped and whittled down, with only the ardent Patrick Haag (ex-Mississippi Men) on drums, percussion, and noise while Garcia multi-tasks synths, loops, and effects—they were a quartet at one time. But through the decade of production struggles and lineup changes, quiet releases and whispered tours, comes an official debut album that breathes new purpose in songs from A Bell and A Mirror (Muerte Pop) and "Indigo Children," and some new ones, to boot. The polyrhythmic blossom "Sejatski (Brother)" is the first released single from LDTA's 13-song LP In the Fifth House, set to release March 8, 2016. A syncopated beat and motif picks up wind, climbs and falls to the hum of pop-inflected waves—it's a reaffirmation of the duo's efforts, a taste of what's to come, and a resounding sign of life in the quietude of Whittier.

Join Let's Drive to Alaska for a release party on March 10th at Au Lac in Los Angeles with The Grigori Dance Company, as well as The Littlest Vikingand The New Octaves. - Ryan Mo, photo credit: Jacob Pulido


Paul Bergmann unveils new single "Drunk (Alone, and New)"

Recent Deli LA Readers' Poll nominee, and self-proclaimed forlorn folkster, Paul Bergmann keeps true to his clever allieration with another rambling, sentimental jam. His latest lyric video, "Drunk (Alone, and New)", actually portrays him at his most lively as opposed to his more brooding, country-tinged work with backing band the Fair Moans, jumping around with careless ease as a string of candid, florid observations accompany the song's upbeat tempo. For someone who seems fairly solemn, it seems like Bergmann's state of mind in "Drunk" is one of happy intoxication. 

Paul Bergmann is playing at the Hi Hat on March 1.

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West coast garage Repeated Measures releases Dark Matters 2/23

Despite radio-ing out from the foggy northern city of Sendai, Repeated Measures' tripped out, overcast garage trickles through the Internet, and it feels like he's still here in Orange County. Guitar harmonics. Negative-range sine waves. Obfuscated sighs. Christopher Norwood's electronic ephemera dabs UK beats with West Coast psych, coming up distinct from the Los Angeles beat scene with the Grn+Gld collective: Dirty Merlin, Kalva Won, Cicero, Chip Monk, Dripping Gems, and more. After last year's ambient love letter Transmission, Norwood's been teasing out his upcoming release Dark Matters over the past two months, and the wait is finally over. You can still listen to the entire album via Norwood's Bandcamp, including our personal favorite sonic imprint "Rooftop Comedown"—contemplative, detached, poignant. - Ryan Mo


Los Angeles Readers/Fans' Poll Results!

The Deli LA Readers' Poll has come into a close, and after validating all of the votes, we can finally announce the winner and runners up!
 
A hearty congratulations to mope rockers Ballerina Black, as their loyal fans gathered together and amassed over 500 votes to earn them the largest number out of all the bands in our poll. Check out the broodily anthemic "Open Up Your Eyes", a rousing, yet darkly moody number that  can be found on their most recent Whails EP. 
 

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In second place, much sought-after singer-songwriter Miya Folick also counted on the support of her fervent fans, thus collecting over 450 votes to earn her the most votes in the always-challenging indie rock category. Miya has been earning accolades from many a major blog, and we're elated to have seen her evolve into a full-fledged breakthrough artist since we first wrote about her early last year. Have a listen to her knockout new single "Oceans", a heartstring puller that should be a highlight once she performs it at the Echo on February 25th alongside headliners Palehound.

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Newhall's singer songwriter Soren Bryce made it to the third place of this chart. Her soulful songs, at times just featuring her and a guitar, at others built on sparse arrangements of electronic instruments, speak to the heart. Her 2015 self-titled debut EP has found many fans, gathering hundreds of thousands plays on Spotify. 

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In fourth place we have a witch-house outfit that, with their highly creative mesh of chopped audio effects and playful samples, are creating a tenebrous sound that is truly of their own making: GRYPT. The trio recently released their most ambitious statement yet, entitled Thy Flesh Consumed, which you can currently purchase as either a digital or limited cassette through their official bandcamp page.

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Another talented female songwriter made it into the top of this chart - so new we had trouble finding her website and aren't able to find any embeddable music! Michaella (click on her name to listen) accompanies her beautiful voice with a ukulele: when two thing work so beautifully together, less is always more.

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Trailing not too behind is power pop band No Win, who are thankfully not only keeping those Badfinger guitar hooks alive but also wrote a killer self-titled EP that should be precedent for a knockout full-length debut (hopefully soon!) that will have me singing along all day long. You can listen to No Win (released Summer 2015) here. 

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And finally, a worthy mention to dance-fueled dream poppers Deep Fields for tallying a solid 200+ votes. Have a listen to their psychedelic-tinged debut, which should please both Madchester nostalgics and 4AD devouts in equal measure.
 

 
Also, a quick shout-out to the following artists below, who also scored impressive numbers and deserve your attention for doing so!
 
 
Thanks to all the bands and artists for promoting this poll, and thanks to the readers for weighing in on their favorites. It just goes to show that the quality of great new artists surrounding our sprawling city right now is simply astounding. 
 
The Deli LA Staff

 


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