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Hot Flash Heat Wave Releases Mood Ring EP Feb 15

After the “Sky So Blue” single released last month we were excited for Hot Flash Heat Wave’s EP release on February 15th. Praise Prince above we were not disappointed. Tracks are refreshingly varied and full of life, from surfy psych rock to electro pop-rock. Songs have similar feels as Animal Collective but with a touch of Smith Westerns and an Italian pop vibe. Can you picture it? Probably not but listen and discover what we’re putting down here. An EP favorite, “Floating,” starts with a chugging guitar moving with distorted spacey vibrations that gives the same feelings as the song’s title. Hot Flash Heat Wave kicked off their tour last night at The Independent and are about to glide across the states. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

A Deli Premiere: Catch Prichard’s “You’re the Worst”

The folks in Catch Prichard just can’t get away with doing anything less than epic. Like their prior EP, Eskota, tracks off Utter Disbelief maintain an undercurrent of Americana, this time with heightened, richer pedals and strings, dark synths and the occasional sax guest. Single “You’re the Worst” is one of the strongest off the upcoming release, though quite frankly, it’s hard to choose. Frontman Sawyer Gebauer has one of the most unique vocal stylings around. He’s a Johnny Cash meets a Leonard Cohen twisted with some Bill Callahan and a touch of Springsteen. Gebauer’s deep, guttural baritone radiates through “You’re the Worst,” bringing life and tough emotion to the song. Pre-purchase the first six tracks off Utter Disbelief here, and be sure to check out their upcoming shows. Lovely. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

Photo credit Jack Song

 

Pezzettino Debuts Soothing Music Video for New Single “Home”

The music video accompanying Pezzettino’s new single “Home” is an ASMR-inducing mix of images and sounds. There’s soapy handwashing, a slow ladeling of sauce over cheesy noodles; images of ginger and leaves and tacos and twinkling lights and it’s all accompanied by the gentle crisp voice of Pezzettinos’ Margaret Stutt. Stutt’s compositions are infused with similarly soothing sounds: twinkling piano, magical percussions, warbling reverberating synth that gives songs a roomy, powerful sound. It’s no surprise Pezzettino’s newest album is enriched with such relaxing feels. After dealing with depression for years, Stutt is an advocate for mental health with the Stability Network and speaks frequently about “the need for fierce hope”--which is exactly what this album brings to the table. Her single “Home” was just released into the world and we welcome the release of her full album, Resin, on February 8th. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor 

 

The Wise Ways of “Wise Words” by Tay and the JangLahDahs

There is much to take in with Tay and the JangLahDahs’ latest EP, “Bloomin.” Self-described orchestral psych-folk-rock, this group brings a booming serenade of talent from all angles. There’s the strong vocals of Tay Robin, who sounds like what Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries might have sounded like if she weren’t always yodeling. There’s that lovely stand-up base with a cooing rich trumpet and are we hearing a a glockenspiel? An electric violin? A mandolin? It all comes together with a rich folksy feel, an Irish twist, and delightful harmonies. Purely enjoyable stuff here. Come see them play at The Starry Plough on February 22 and hey, check out their music video for “Wise Words.” Ah, soothing purity. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

A Deli Premier: The Campbell Apartment’s “Saltwater & Sunburn"

The Deli is proud to premier a new single from San Francisco’s own The Campbell Apartment. Campbell is like a loveable mutt: a Doctor Dog mixed with a Sonny and the Sunsets and maybe a Ween. Well aren’t mutts the healthiest breeds? “Saltwater & Sunburn” is a great example of the group’s variations in style. Saltwater is a lovely stray from the group's previous songs, laced with humming echoing vocals over the story of an ending affair. Beachy vibes are high on this one. Always with a touch of tongue n cheek, Campbell Apartment is just fun to listen to, and they’re killer fun live. Keep an eye out for their upcoming shows. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor 

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