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Cheat Aqua is all about low-key harmony on self-titled EP

The self-titled debut EP by Cheat Aqua is a collection of brooding, sentimental pieces recorded by a one-man band (plus drum machine) and brought to life by the wonders of tape and its warm lo-fi resonance. Not one to leave a quarter of his four track recorder unloved, Cheat Aqua's main man Vaughn Walters fills out the sonic space with more harmonies than a Thin Lizzy guitar solo made sentient covering early Iron & Wine. The EP a wistful little gem, and we'd recommend you check it out on a cool, still night of your choosing. -Austin Phy

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Video Premiere: Tired of Tomorrow (Nothing Documentary - Part III)

We absolutely LOVE documentaries. If you've been keeping up with your daily Deli news, then you've probably been following along, as we have, with Nothing on their journey to complete their forthcoming album Tired of Tomorrow, through its complementary six-part documentary, directed by Don Argott, who also brought us the highly informative The Art of the Steal. (BTW: Fuck The Barnes Foundation!) The grainy black & white footage in the first episode shows frontman Nicky Palermo taking you on a tour of his Philadelphia and inside Conshohocken's Studio 4, leading into part deux and the introduction of producer extraordinaire Will Yip and Collect Records head honcho and former Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly. It feels painfully awkward as you watch Rickly gush about Nothing and how he's bet the future of his label on the band. Not so spoiler alert, since this documentary is being released by the group's current label Relapse Records, and if you've been following the drama around Collect and its financial backer - dickhead and pharma bro Martin Shkreli, then you'll know why this episode is a bit hard to watch at times. We've been really enjoying the Tired of Tomorrow doc, and we're excited to announce that we've been asked to premiere the final four episodes of Nothing's tumultuous journey to release their new album, coming out May 13. In episode three, you'll find Yip and the band hard at work and play in the studio as the album's first track begins to take shape. Remember to tune back in to see and hear how the rest of Tired of Tomorrow unfolds; you definitely don't want to miss it!





Thanks Light Is Back with Very Pretty Single Dreams

They call it “bedroom rock” on their SoundCloud, which we take to mean that Thanks Light's new track “Dreams” from the upcoming Hallelujah, Amen is best played when lying back on your bed in your bedroom in a state of repose befitting the relaxing track. It's the first thing we've heard from this group in a while, and it comes off as a bit Polyphonic Spree, with all its orchestral elements and sunny qualities, but with a more pure indie vibe (especially in the vocals, which are dynamic and reminiscent of a less weirdo Spencer Krug). It's got a lot going on, from piano to an angelic backing choir to horns, and it's quite pretty. We definitely suggest rocking back on said mattress and putting it on full blast with your eyes closed, or maybe softly in some headphones, for a little summer indie respite from the busy crazy world. Watch for the full album on May 6.





Get ready for some serious head-banging with Bugs and Rats

You may think that the Massachusetts three piece punk band Bugs and Rats is just noise. And you’re right. But it’s great noise. Their tracks usually start with an indiscernible, arhythmic introduction before settling into a more focused, but no less raucous, groove. The vocals often get buried under a tidal wave of furiously jagged electric guitar riffs and stop-and-drop drumming all presented to you in a lo-fi package (whose been crushed and kicked and torn, held together by some duct tape). Honestly, this is probably as close to punk as you can get without actually having lived in the punk era of the 70’s and 80’s. With simple, repetitive chords, a wall of noise so loud that it will knock you off your feet, and a brazen delivery oozing confidence and an attitude fit for Sid Vicious himself, you can expect one heck of a show from these guys. Keep a tab on their Facebook page for future shows.  

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Ferdinand's "Proud Honey" is a dreamy sound collage

Proud Honey is something akin to a rush of cars driving by. There isn't much to latch on to other than the constant flow itself and all the colors and makes and models and faces subconsciously blend together into a patchwork slipstream. You lose track of the individual pieces and forget that the entire process is a very inorganic, man-made thing as it fades into something as natural as a school of fish. The pieces here are even more abstract—new wave, post-punk, goth, surf—and the result is an EP that passes by all too quickly and demands another listen or two. -Austin Phy

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