Alt Pop

Historian releases “Witchhazel” off forthcoming LP

The Deli is pleased to present “Witchhazel,” the new single off Historian’s forthcoming LP, Distractions. The Los Angeles-based psych rock band is always experimenting with sounds and distortions. “Witchhazel” grows and reverberates and glides through the room with some major Deerhunter moments. Chris Karman’s rich vocals call like an incantation and the tune is reminiscent of Magnetic Fields, with experimental realist pop vibes. Distractions will be released on January 17th 2020. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

   

Office Culture get cozy on “A Life of Crime,” play Elsewhere 11.20

New York soft-rock quartet Office Culture liken the experience of listening to their new record to “walking into a beloved old bar in a neighborhood where you no longer live,” but it is more comparable (in this reviewer’s opinion” to a comfortable, rainy Sunday night spent at home, away from the clamor of city streets. Throughout their new LP A Life of Crime, clean synths, an easygoing percussive drive, the occasional wailing horn, and singer Winston Cook-Wilson’s laissez-faire vocal delivery congeal to embed the entire record with a relaxed energy, but there’s never a dull moment. From the moody instrumental interplay on tracks like “Diamonds” and “Hard Times in the City,” to the playful bop of “Home on High” and “Parade,” Office Culture lay down a steady groove that will immediately resonate with fans of classic pop rock outfits like Steely Dan or more contemporary fusion-focused groups like Parcels and Whitney. Stream it below, and catch them on November 20th at Elsewhere supporting Wild Nothing. —Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Daniprobably blooms in new record "Conditional Things," plays Cafe Nine 12.09

Exquisitely alternative is the rich mash of confidently-strummed electric guitar chords, sharp snare snaps, and bubble-gum pop vocals that make up the music of daniprobably. The Connecticut-based singer-songwriter’s latest effort, Conditional Things, sets the tone early with Dani’s vocals becoming instantly familiar to the listener in such a way they will likely never be mistaken for someone else’s. It is, in fact, that familiarity in “Blooming,” the opening track, that allows the listener to immerse in the atmospheric song that slowly swells until it bursts to reveal the fierce and fast indie-pop signature track “Run to You.” Where compositions like “Sweeter Than the Truth” move delicately with brilliant acoustic strings resonating and harmonies lingering, other songs such as “ICU” strut confidently along with their plump basslines, cheeky electric guitar riffs, and dope breakdowns. Recorded, mixed, and produced by Addy Edward, Conditional Things captures an artist not just on the rise but more like in full bloom: her style and sound already unmistakable. For those wishing to catch daniprobably live, the opportunity beckons December 9th at Connecticut’s famous Cafe Nine. We are streaming the engaging “Critic’s Favorite,” our favorite track from the new record, below. - Rene Cobar, photo by Kaitlin Anne

   

HOAX release new single "Unconditional" from forthcoming debut record "b?"

We continue to rush headfirst without resistance towards the future, but at least HOAX have the sense to slow down, examine the world, and put it to lyrics and song. Their Motown-influenced Queens-born indie pop-rock shines again on their newest single "Unconditional", a cut from their upcoming debut record b?, which drops next summer. Through its catchy pop hooks, "Unconditional" forces listeners to consider their own Terms of Service and decide with which parts of it they do and don't agree. It's a reflective track that urges all of us to take a moment and figure ourselves out before we crash and burn on our way into the next decade. Take a listen to "Unconditional" below. - Will Sisskind

   

King Jane's "Deep in the Garden" deftly mixes jazz, R&B, and pop

NYC-based quartet King Jane incorporate a wide range of genre influences into their sound, a consequence of the band’s founding members Michael Sanders and Kenny Florence meeting while pursuing masters degrees in music composition at The New School. Equal parts R&B, jazz, and alternative pop, their most recent effort “Deep in the Garden” exudes the outfit’s consummate musicianship, weaving in and out of different time signatures and motifs—the track starts as a soft-bop, replete with meandering keys and crooning vox before shifting into an explosive, guitar-driven drama around the two and a half minute mark, before finally landing on a driving, noodling outro. “Deep in the Garden” places King Jane somewhere between 70s soft rock and contemporary synth-driven indie; stream it below. Connor Beckett McInerney