Since his last EP, filled with holiday-themed cake throwing and wailing guitar solos from behind the driver's seat, it's been two whole years since Brooklyn based psych-folkster Fletcher C. Johnson's had a release.
Thankfully, the psycho-scorched jangle of 'Messin' with My Mind' has just been released to 7", crafted especially for all your messy road trip fantasies. The pleasantly twangy guitars are ready-made for sun worshipping, while Johnson's vocals fill a nice space between the folksiness of Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold and the brassy energy of Primus' Les Claypool.
No matter what kind of dust you've got kicking around in your head, you'll always find something new to put in it with Fletcher C. Johnson. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)
Brooklyn rave rockers My Best Fiend have been around since 2005, and their persistence got recently rewarded with a record deal with UK forward looking label Warp. In their Warp debut "Ghostlike Fading" the band puts an almost spiritual twist on a sound that introduces itself quietly, only to erupt into a full-on psyched-out jam. The single "Cracking Eggs" starts out with gently strummed acoustic guitar and stark, spacious piano chords, while emotive vocals sing about "the crack in the egg that provides relief." It's not long before full band pomp and stomp fills the sonic spectrum as harsh textures lift the listener into the clouds. Another favorite song, "Higher Palms" (streaming below) turns to an electric piano for keyboard figures, as full instrumentation is then added in, creating a high western plains feel. Vocals are layered and embedded in hallways of reverb, enhanced by synthesized textures extending the tones. Guitars join in from multiple angles, merging with the rising sonic tide without obscuring the defined rhythm. - Dave Cromwell
It's quite rare to find an artist who gives us a Christmas song on a record released during the warmer time of the year. But with The Devyl Nellys' latest release, you get 'Hot Santa' along with plenty of other tracks.
All this from a band clearly rooted in Country Americana, but whose ambitions are far flung. The New York group's debut full-length 'Charm Land' moves from James Bond-style riffing in the mysterious 'Attracted,' to a doo-wop chorus in radio-ready 'Hush.' Singer Nelly Levon handles most vocal duties, but guitarist James Mastro's voice shines in the lush 'Airport'.
For the Devyl Nellys, diversity is their strength. 'Charm Land' is a full-bodied debut to suit most tastes, and just might work equally well in any season. Stream the record here and see them when they play Gizzi's Cafe on Jun 20. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)
Spring 2012 Issue
This is The Deli's Best
of NYC issue 2012!
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