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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

   

Waldo Witt Hits His Stride on New EP

 

  Waldo Witt’s new EP, Inner Paths, beckons listeners to fully immerse themselves in the singer/producer’s psyche. The North Carolinian fuses together synth-pop, psych rock, and R&B to create groovy soundscapes that illicite introspection. It’s easy to get lost in the sauce of the dense arrangements he crafts, but the vocal melodies reach out and guide you back down his path. Recording his last record from his van, Inner Paths also allows Witt to use the studio as an instrument, as intricate production, mixing, and processing seamlessly eb and flow with the palette of a cunning professional.  

 

The five track EP takes the listeners on a fully formed journey of peaks and valleys, expressing a wide range of emotion. It is able to slide right into the rare pocket of stasis between adhering to pop music conventions and simultaneously breaking down those conventions with electronic experimentation. The opening track “For The First Time”, builds a groove into a multi-layered vocal release, swirling from ear to ear. The hooks from “Remember To Forget” and “Umstead Park” are undeniably catchy, while the title track could be heard at the club and “Lost On The Highway” could have been a hidden gem on The Breakfast Club soundtrack. 

 

Overall, Inner Paths carves out the middle ground between Toro y Moi and Peter Gabriel, sentimentally nodding to the 80’s whilst sprinting past them into the world of contemporary production. With this release, Witt is able to actualize what Kevin Parker was trying (emphasis on trying) to do with the last Tame Impala album. The detailed synthesis and drum sequences also hearken back to groups like Yellow Magic Orchestra. One of the most disappointing things about this EP is that it may be a while before these songs can be performed, which is a shame, because they are rife for live experimentation. 

 

-Hayden Steckel


 

   

Blood Surge Forward with Debut EP

 

As the world moves closer and closer to chaos and disarray, Blood’s new EP entitled Why Wait Till ‘55, We Might Not Even Be Alive has the energy to match it. The group meanders through genres as a bundle of nomads looking for the brighter future that they know exist. From dense permeating tension to bare-bone melodic release to swift electric motion, the band seems to drive forward as one entity. Blood strikes the equilibrium between the harsh distortion of a rock band and the glistening horns and dynamics of a big jazz band, tranquil 7th chords and exploding drums, and the poetically vulnerable lyrics of a seasoned folk songwriter and the manic screaming delivery of a post-punk ruffian. 

 

Recorded by Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders, the four track EP opens with “Intro”, which is not only the perfect preface to the EP, but to the band as a whole. It’s a slow-building descent into madness with layered, unravelling instrumentation paired with cryptic, culturally relevant lyrics reflecting criticisms of masculinity and class struggle. Tracks two and three each display one half of the group’s aptly self-described genre of “jazz-punk”, “Primitive Priest” being the high energy punk and “Genesis” being the more laid back jazz. The closer “Progeny of the Agency” is the longest track and only leaves the listener wanting more. 

The band originated from frontman Tim O’Brien, who fairly quickly was able to amass his team of cohorts. The current lineup consists of bassist Nino Soberon, drummer Tyler Wolff, trumpeter Zach Malett, keyboardist Caleb Parker, guitarist brothers Ben and Julian McCamman-McGinnis, and O’Brien on lead vocals. After a couple of years of local shows, an east coast tour, and opening for some of punk’s biggest names, Blood's debut surges forward, maintaining their position as one of Austin’s coolest bands. 

 

-Hayden Steckel

   

Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad Release New Single "Tiger's Den"

 It’s fair to say most of us are cycling through a lot of moods right now during quarantine; anger, fear, boredom, and occasionally hope. While our anxiety runs rampant and the apocalypse looms, Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad have a new single being released to help everyone process what a shit show the world is right now. 

The band’s upcoming single, “Tiger's Den,” takes the band's signature ‘surf-rock from hell’ style, and gives it a rougher, country-style twist.The track’s greatest strength lies in the narrative it lays out, creating a compelling and interactive story within a song. Through the song’s non-linear lyrical setting and immersive soundscape, the single taps into Billy King’s signature sound.  

 

The winding and anticipatory track begins to build and crest before vocalist, Will Reynolds, launches right into a twangy howl filled with bravado. Reynolds speaks in a cinematic but commanding manner, regailing of past days spent in the Tiger’s Den with an old flame. His voice provides a brief exploration into the story the band is telling, without commandeering the narrative.   

 

 In many ways the song reads as a love ballad, but the band replaces the typical lust and loneliness found in love songs with a sense of urgency. Guitarist, Cameron Wren, and bassist, Mike Sellman, really help set this tone in place. The guitar interludes add in a nice call to action, giving the listener space to take in the music and decide where exactly they would place themselves within the world the song presents them with. 

“Tiger's Den" helps make those weird, frantic trips to the grocery store, a rebellious adventure in a post-apocalyptic spaghetti western. Tie that bandanna around your face and let the music take you over in your search for paper towels and oat milk.

-Avril Carrillo