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Previous Deli NYC Band of the Month, fr eg e, premiere new single, play Drexler's 3/7

The music of fr eg e lies somewhere along the crossroads of electro-soul and pop, but to rope them squarely into any set genre would likely be doing the band a disservice. Brooklyn-based by way of Mexico City, fr eg e melds smart pop-writing sensibilities with fickle rhythms and time signature shifts--crafting a dynamic sound that reflects the fractured spelling in the band's moniker. The oftentimes near virtuosic playing, of course, alludes to the band's jazz background, but what really make fr eg e stand out amidst seas of incredibly talented, technical players is the electro-flourishes that garnish their recordings. Their latest single, "Golden Ale Showers," is no exception to this formula, pitting angular instrumentals against buttery vocals to craft something uniquely striking, but also immediately accessible. You can catch fr eg e live at their next show on 3/7 at Drexler's, but in the meantime, get your fr eg e fix by streaming their new single below.-Olivia Sisinni

 

 

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New Music Video: "Mesa" - Cayetana

Cayetana make their dreams come to reality in the new music video for their single "Mesa". Directed by Adam Peditto, Augusta Koch, Allegra Anka, and Kelly Olsen walk through an Alice in Wonderland-type door, transporting the ladies into a vibrantly colorful, beautiful scene that simply jumps off the screen. (Serious props go out to the video's set designer!) "Mesa" originally appeared on the group's split release with Melbourne's Camp Cope, and the track will also find a home on their upcoming album, New Kind of Normal, due out May 5 via the band's own label Plum Records. Cayetana are currently on the road supporting Lemuria during their 10th Anniversary celebration tour of Get Better.

Moon Ensemble release new single “Future Colors”

Moon Ensemble have nestled between their sound and identity through a couple of years of experimentation, and now move confidently into the direction of redefining their existence with their track “Future Colors” via CupaDella Records. The Hacienda-Heights quartet ditch the psych-jangles to evolve into a fuller cosmic entity, led by progressive rock undertones, playful synth distortions, and an addictive guitar riff. Opening with sensual vocals, leading towards the band’s dream-state position, “Future Colors” manages to manipulate these elements through a creative composition while simultaneously pulsating through into the dance realm. Thriving through the duality of vocals and constant bursts of energy, Moon Ensemble make a welcoming statement through their sonic palette of new colors. - Janette Ayub

 

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Mateo Akhi releases new album, to play SOB's on 2/22

With artists like Chance the Rapper serving as living manifestations of Kanye West's legacy, it's hard not to evaluate contemporary rappers according to how to relate to and differ from West in terms of music, persona or both. A rapper that invites this kind of comparison is Mateo Akhi. The Jersey City rapper's most recent LP, veyebes, features a potent mix of rootsy hip hop reminiscent of West's earlier stuff and the distorted edgeof his later works. The key difference, however, lies in the vocals. While West is mostly known for his rapping, Akhi raps and sings all throughout the album, quite literally, finding his own voice. Tracks like 'poplar trees' show Akhi at his best, with the stormy instrumental perfectly matching his intense vocals. You can catch him live at SOB's on 2/22. —Henry Solotaroff-Weber

New No Thank You Album Available for Streaming

No Thank You, the fledgling project from Kaytee Della-Monica, teeters between reflective open spaces and rambuctious, revealing powerpop on her first label release, Jump Ship. It's another gem of a discovery from Philly's own Lame-O Records. The record officially comes out this Friday, February 24, but you can now stream Jump Ship in its entirety below. Clocking in at under twenty minutes, it might end much sooner than you'd like; however, a lasting impression remains long after the music has stopped. You can also join Della-Monica and friends on the evening of her release at Everybody Hits, before she heads out on tour this weekend with The Superweaks in support of her latest.

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