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August 2016
Coco Columbia
"When the Birds Begin to Walk
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 Jazz tends to get a bad name among the younger crowd. Its association as the musical preference of parents, teachers and basically anyone that may be considered "lame" can deter a welcomed reception, but Coco Columbia has rebranded the genre in a way that's easily accessible for even the most stubborn of ears.

A force that first began with her 2014 debut, The Weight, Coco's newest release When the Birds Begin to Walk packs the same punch. "Weight on Limb," the first track to come off the album that premiered on The Deli Portland back in March, opens up the album in a way that you can't even keep up with. The track spurts and spats about as Coco's voice exquisitely flutters about the track's duration, setting the tone for what's left to come.

"Coveted Creatures" teases a hint of harder sound in the beginning before bringing it back to the funky jazz she does best. "9 Steps" stands out sonically from the rest of the album employing more rock elements and incredible shred work by Grant Sayler. Interesting key playing creates somewhat of an "under the sea" atmosphere on "Radiant in My Abyss," which contrasts a more barreled drum beat.

Her bold and unexpected cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" climbs to the top of the list of Kate Bush covers. Coco took what was one of Bush's biggest and most influential hits and made it her own in a way that satisfies diehard Bushians and Coco fans.

When the Birds Begin to Walk holds up as a more than animated sophomore effort on the Coco Columbia front. The songs offered varied range while still holding up to her established jazzy ways and if anything, decrees Coco Columbia's voice as an instrumental force itself.

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Deli Best of Portland 2012- Submission Results!

Deli Best of Portland 2012- Submission Results!

The results are in from the Open Submissions stage for our Portland Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. All of the submissions were ranked by Deli Editors from other scenes and the list of acts that have advanced to our Readers’/Fans’ Poll phase are below. We will also be releasing the list of nominees chosen by our local "scene expert" jurors very soon. 
 
We would like to thank all of the talented artists who submitted. It was our largest Open Submissions pool yet, and certainly a testament to how many rad acts we have in Portland.
 
Qualified to the final phase of the Best of Portland Poll:
1. Eidolons - 7.83 (out of 10)
2. The Lower 48 - 7.66
2. Catherine Feeny - 7.66
5. Bloodroot Kids - 6.83
6. Aviel - 6.5
 
Honorable Mentions (above 6 out of 10):
Soft Shadows (Indie Pop), Charts (Lo-fi Indie), Incredible Yacht Control (Lo-fi Indie), Northeast Northwest (Indie Pop), Austin Joseph (Singer/Songwriter), De La Warr (Indie Rock), Hip Hatchet (Americana), Mars Water (Lo-fi Indie), Rare Monk (Indie Rock). 
 
Jurors: Gracie Gutman (Deli SF), Jason Behrends (Deli Chicago), Paolo De Gregorio (Deli NYC).
 
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