Alt Pop

Project Diem brings dreamy synth-pop to Alphaville, 12.13

Project Diem offers a different vision of the synth-pop aesthetic, one of lush melodies countered by delicate synths and soulful vocals. Refreshingly, the vocals are left relatively untouched by reverb and are left to deliver themselves earnestly. The duo works to combine a synth-driven sensibility with an emotional quality that is both raw yet approachable. The "mid-fi" production gives voice to a youthful and surprisingly catchy angst, one that blends in with the changing seasons and failed relationships. Make sure to check out Project Diem at Alphaville, 12.13. - Amanda Ogea

   

New Track: "Cut Yr Teeth" - Kississippi

Deli faves Kississippi just dropped "Cut Yr Teeth," the lead single from their forthcoming debut LP Sunset Blush. It's "about recognizing the toxicity of a relationship, and letting go of it along with your trust for the other half." Frontwoman Zoe Reynolds shares, "I wrote this song (and most of the forthcoming record) about finding my voice after having it taken away time and time again by people I thought were more powerful than me." "Cut Yr Teeth" also features Tombo Crush's Mary Allen on backing vocals. Sunset Blush is due out in April via SideOneDummy Records. (Photo by Megan Thompson)

   

Low Mein Brings the Beach to Alphaville on 12.12

Low Mein was birthed in an NYC coffee shop by musicians Eric Jaso and Shaun Wong. The duo offers the kind of upbeat slacker rock that gets blood pumping and immediately brings the jangly, beachy influence of bands like Girls to mind. Their latest single “Beach Party,” is a luminous, youthful anthem about the rapture of enjoying simple things. Fuzzy guitars, melodic bass, and rapid shaker rhythms sync to create a sonic and aesthetic world all its own. Don’t miss their set tomorrow at Alphaville and check out the single below. - Andrew Strader

 

   

Lapel brings fun, but introspective feminist pop to The Rickshaw Stop (12.13)

The San Francisco-based Debbie Neigher, who goes by the name Lapel, provides danceable pop music with an edge. The seasoned keyboardist and backup vocalist gets her name from an anecdote about Margaret Trudeau, who responded to an interview question about her marriage with the phrase, “I want to be more than a rose in my husband’s lapel.” Her latest single “Less Of A Woman” (streaming below) follows the same feminist wave as her namesake, proclaiming her as a femme fatale force to be reckoned with in the Bay Area scene. She will be bringing her introspective pop to the Rickshaw Stop on December 13th, and then later to The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz on January 6th. - Lilly Milman

   

New Track: "Do You" - Minji Kong

In the span of twenty-four hours, University of Delaware student Minji Kong recorded the three tracks that makeup Thanks, I Appreciate It. Keys and percussion steadily open up, illuminating the bedroom-pop sound aided by Kong’s calming vocals. Lyrically, "Do You" relates the unhappiness produced by greed. Contrasting the setting with its context, the young artist is able to weave layers of introspective depth.