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March 2016
My Gold Mask
"Anxious Utopia
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Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo working on the dark electro-pop sound of My Gold Mask since 2009. On their latest album, dropping today, March 4th, on Moon Sounds Records, Anxious Utopia, the duo may have finally found perfection. It may be the addition of James Andrews on production, but most of the songs on the album were written by Armondo and Rochelle. This album is a mixture of dance pop in the vain of Carly Rae Jepsen and dark gothic pop of Siouxsie Sioux. Rochelle is powerful and commanding through out with Armondo and Andrews providing her driving and infectious club ready tracks. Anxious Utopia is My Gold Mask clearly firing on all cylinders.


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DC rapper Bakalis releases new single, Street Classic

Looking for hot beats? Gaithersburg-based Bakalis pumped out this sick single a few weeks ago and it should be blasting through everyone's speakers right this moment. He's been busy the past year, laying out new tracks every couple months. Barely pausing for breath but spilling out lyrics flawlessly, Bakalis has somber backbeats that serve to emphasize the strength of his message and make your head start bopping along. He's talented and industrious, so keep this guy on your shortlist for quality DC rap. -Jonathan Goodwin

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Wylder releases new music video for latest single, Swells

You've heard a lot about them from me, but Wylder is just too good to not write about. That said, here's a little treat to get you through the week: their new music video for Swells. A lighthearted, hopeful track, the music video is equally playful and invokes classic tropes of awkward male friendship and mismatched romantic pairings. Give it a watch because Friday's almost here and this dash of good vibes is just what the doctor ordered. -Jonathan Goodwin

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Read The Deli's SXSW 2016 "PsycheDELIa" issue online! Yonatan Gat and Lewis Del Mar on the cover

Check out the SXSW 2016 issue of The Deli Mag, now available online, and distributed in print next week in Austin during SXSW's Music Week. You'll find copies of it also at our SXSW Stompbox Exhibit and Synth Space!

Yes, we've done things a little differently this time: we shaped this rag the size of a 7" record, and created a "concept" issue almost entirely dedicated to Psychedelia, with a feature by our editor Brian Chidester about how this musical genre has become more and more influential in the new millennium. The two cover artists, Yonatan Gat and Lewis Del Mar, serve as the two extremes within which Psychedelia has expanded in recent years.

As usual, the issue also gathers:

- A lot of emerging artists (mostly psych this time),
- The winners of The Deli's regional Year End Polls for Emerging Artists,
- The winners of The Deli's Best of 2015 Readers' Polls,
- A section dedicated to the SXSW Stompbox Exhibit and Synth Space

We hope you enjoy the read and get to know some awesome new music.

The Folks at The Deli


Melanie Edwards wonders ‘What Happened’ with new single

Singer-songwriter Melanie Edwards's release of this new single, ‘What Happened,’ is an introduction to her ninth studio album and asks the painful questions following regretful breakups. It’s a walkthrough of the dark, inevitable backtracking of the all-too-familiar, guided by Melanie’s tearful and honest vocals and somber melody. This single is not only a reminder of her experience, but an ode to a broken heart. -Justin Bieggar

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Space pop Fall Seattle release debut self-titled album

Carefully vacillating from somber to exuberant, the first album from DC's space pop quartet Fall Seattle is one that takes the listener on a quasi-spiritual journey. If The Smiths heavily experimented with shoegaze elements, this is probably what they'd sound like. Mixing melancholy and merriment, this album feels like a manifesto; it combines more than two years of writing and recording by the group and it's apparent from the striking dissonance between tracks. Sure to inspire reflection and emotional reconfiguring, this album is worth several listens, so push play already and keep an eye out for upcoming gigs from Fall Seattle. -Jonathan Goodwin

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