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Tocaio Emits Ambient Brilliance on Yesca EP

 Ambient waves of electronic bliss gently wash up on the soft sands of Tocaio's music. Formed in the Winter of 2015, Tocaio is the solo project of Carlos Ramirez who creates electronic instrumentals that tap into vivid tapestries of nostalgia in the listener's mind. Ethereal progressions and airy grooves hint at Nujabes or Books as influences, but Tocaio does well in finding it's own unique vibe and sound. The 6-track Yesca EP includes four originals and two remixes which can both lull you into a dreamlike trance as well as scintillate your senses.Yesca sets the stage for Tocaio's debut album, Pointillism, which is expected to be released early next year.

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NYC singer songwriter Billy Lewis Jr. is lead actor in rock opera 'The Portal'

Making a living out of music or art is a tall order, in particular in a pricey place like NYC, but having a multi-faceted talent, like actors do, can certainly come in handy. The Portal - a Rock Odyssey, is an artful mishmash of theatrical performance, concert, and movie, an immersive, live band backed rock opera about the search for love and inner desire for transformation. Many local musicians are involved in this production, including lead actor Billy Lewis Jr. (Fox’s “Glee,” The Who’s Tommy, Spring Awakening, Hedwig & the Angry Inch), who is also a singer songwriter. Here's a sneak peak (or sneak listen, if you will) into The Portal's soundtrack: "Space Child", a track influenced by droney Eastern music and originally composed by Guatemalean group Kan'Nal, features entrancing vocals by the lead actor and an atmosphere that builds in intensity over time. Experience The Portal Wednesday through Saturday at The Minetta Lane Theatre. - Ashley Muniz

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Local musicians and music lovers,

Here at The Deli we are always looking for musicians, music fans or show organizers with deep and wide music knowledge involved in the local scenes we cover (list here), who can also write about music to help us with coverage, and possibly also help organize Deli shows in in their area involving emerging local bands.

If interested please email us here with:
- Your scene of interest
- Three articles about music you wrote (they don't need to be long)
- A 20 name list of your favorite current artists
- A 20 name list of your favorite artists from the past

Thanks!

The Deli's Staff




Buscabulla unveils video for “Tártaro,” tours with Helado Negro

We are glad to see Buscabulla back in action - the stylish, Brooklyn based Puerto Rican band graced the cover of our magazine back in 2015 (issue #43 of The Deli NYC). The duo recently released a new single entitled “Tártaro,” which came with this elegant video. After an exciting summer during which they toured Chile (!) they are now back in the US on a mini-east-coast-tour with Helado Negro, which included a gig at Bowery Ballroom last night. Looking forward to a new release!





Jacob Montague Shares New Music Project - Tsutro

San Francisco-based artist/producer Jacob Montague has announced a new project called Tsutro, and will be releasing a self-titled debut LP February 10, 2017. The new Tsutro album—mastered by Dale Becker (Beyonce & Ryan Lewis) and drawing from a diverse collection of sounds including pop, worldbeat, future garage, ambient & downtempo—sounds at first like one band backing a new guest vocalist on each of its 10 songs. But in reality, Montague hasn't even met most of the singers, let alone recorded with them.

"With most of the tracks," he explains, "I took a phrase or two from an existing song, then built all new music around it."

Despite the collage-like approach, Montague is hesitant to call any of the songs remixes—which makes perfect sense considering Tsutro's unified arrangements. As much as the album relies on minimalist electronic textures, there's an unquestionably organic connection between the instrumentation and the carefully curated vocal stems.

 

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