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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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1939 Ensemble Wins The Deli Portland's Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Artists

1939 Ensemble Wins The Deli Portland's Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Artists

1939 Ensemble’s intricate compositions and unique arrangement have brought them the most nominations from our local jurors and in doing so awarded them the title of The Deli Portland’s Best Emerging Artist of 2012. Their fluid melodies, dynamic percussion and electronic ambiance entranced listeners over the course of the past year with hypnotic performances and the release of Howl and Bite. The debut showcases their distinct style and experimental drive which is seen through volatile vibraphone leads, blistering drum beats and dissonant background noise. The final results of the poll are posted below. Thanks to everyone involved with the voting process and congratulations to 1939 Ensemble. I hope that 2013 is a paramount year for you. – Benjamin Toledo

 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
1939 Ensemble
6
1
0.009
 
7.009
2
Pure Bathing Culture
6
 
0.003
 
6.003
icon
3
Onuinu
5
1
0.002
 
6.002
icon
4
A Happy Death
4
 
1.5
 
5.5
icon
5
Eidolons
 
1
0.070
3
4.07
icon
6
Sons of Huns
4
 
0.049
 
4.049
icon
7
Alialujah Choir
3
1
0.017
 
4.017
icon
8
When the Broken Bow
3
 
0.065
 
3.065
icon
9
Nasalrod
3
 
0.015
 
3.015
icon
10
And And And
3
 
0.009
 
3.009
icon
 
WL
3
 
0.009
 
3.009
12
Reynosa
3
 
0.008
 
3.008
icon
13
Aan
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
 
The We Shared Milk
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
15
Radiation City
3
 
0.004
 
3.004
icon
16
The Woolen Men
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
17
Hellokopter
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
The Shivas
2
1
0.002
 
3.002
icon
19
Lost Lander
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
icon
20
Brooks Robertson
1
 
2
 
3
icon
21
The Mormon Trannys
2
 
1
 
3
22
Unicorn Domination
 
1
0.014
1.5
2.514
icon
23
Catherine Feeny
 
 
0.5
2
2.5
icon
24
Appendixes
2
 
0.045
 
2.045
icon
25
Fanno Creek
2
 
0.031
 
2.031
icon
26
TheGoodSons
2
 
0.015
 
2.015
icon
27
The Lower 48
 
 
0.004
2
2.004
icon
 
Hausu
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
29
Neakahnie
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
30
Nice Shootin' Tex
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
31
Your Rival
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
32
Ancient Heat
1
 
0.50
 
1.5
icon
33
No More Parachutes
1
 
0.072
 
1.072
icon
34
Bloodroot Kids
 
 
0.039
1
1.039
icon
35
Shy Girls
1
 
0.023
 
1.023
icon
36
Wild Ones
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
37
Aviel
 
 
0.006
1
1.006
icon
38
Shadows on Stars
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
39
Federale
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

 

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