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Swoon Lake celebrate the release of their debut EP at Silent Barn tonight (09.06)

Brooklyn’s Swoon Lake are releasing today their debut EP Like Being In A Mouth, and earlier this summer they shared the appropriately titled lead single “Narcolepsy”. The “spooky folk” trio take a wonderful minimalist approach in their compositions, using delicate guitars and ambient synths. Front-woman Melodie Stancato wrote this song on her ukulele after spending her first night in her New York City apartment, alone. Her gentle crooning drives the haunting, joined occasionally by her bandmates with subtle harmonies. Swoon Lake will be celebrating the release of their EP tonight (September 6th) at the Silent Barn. - John Honan


Lina Tullgren plays the Middle East tonight (09.06)

Lina Tullgren is a New England-based singer-songwriter who composes raw and intimate music that seeks to find the balance between light and darkness. Tullgren’s latest EP Wishlist is a charming blend of honest folk and indie rock tunes that feature only Tullgren’s mellow, dreamy vocals and lightly strummed guitars. The album was influenced by her childhood growing up among many New England-based musicians and artists. On “Older” Tullgren sings in a hushed toned about wishing she didn’t have to grow older when its all she wanted as a kid. The track employs a minimalist style using only layered vocals and slow, dreamy guitars similar to Julien Baker. Lina Tullgren will be playing the Ian Sweet LP release show at the Middle East on September 6th! - John Honan

Check out Cat Be Damned's thoughtful and sleepy dream pop

Cat Be Damned is the lo-fi recording project of Richmond artist Erik Phillips, whose latest album Daydreams in a Roach Motel was released in May via Joy Void Records. His intimately soft tracks reflect on his introverted and antisocial tendencies, while also examining religion and what it’s like to be queer in the South. Drawing from inspirations such as Elvis Depressedly, Neil Young, and Elliot Smith, Phillips’ sleepy tracks employ the use of hushed vocals and melodic synths to shape his placid sound. - John Honan


Buzz Alert! Teddy Sinclair is back with Cruel Youth - new EP out on 09.16

Cruel Youth is perhaps the Marvelettes stuck in a black treacle, electro-acid dream. It is the smokey allure of 60's R&B wrapped up in dark, hypnotic beats and dripping with the power of a femme fatale. After premiering track "Mr. Watson" a few months back, the all-female trio fronted by Teddy Sinclair (FKA Natalia Kills), is set to drop an EP this month. If the first single is any indication, the EP is sure to be lead by Sinclair's soulful vocals and biting lyricism, deliciously paired with hazy instrumentals and sampling that makes the group's pop-soul tracks sound driving and even "avant" at times. Keep a lookout for Cruel Youth's EP dropping Sept 16th, and in the meantime listen to their single below.-Olivia Sisinni

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

Yohuna release debut LP "Patientness" at Silent Barn on 9/16 + tours the east coast

Listening to Yohuna, the Brooklyn-based project of Johanne Swanson, might make you feel like floating through space - like the moon. Maybe that's why one of her uber-dreamy singles is titled “The Moon Hangs In The Sky Like Nothing Hangs In The Sky.” The track's hypnotic melody gives us a sneak peak into her upcoming album “Patientness” to be released on September 9th and produced by Montreal based composer Owen Pallett (once known as Final Fantasy). In the few songs currently available for streaming, Swanson employs a varying instrumentation to forge muted and muffled songs that seem to evoke the hazy perception of Hypnagogia - the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep.  Yohuna is about to kick off a primarily East Coast tour (with a couple stops in the Midwest) in Boston to promote her new record.  Make sure to catch her at Silent Barn, where she has been an artist-in-residence, on September 16th. Check out below her grainy video (featuring Swanson playing an invisible piano in the middle of a lake) for single "Golden Foil," also included in the upcoming LP.  - Madeleine Grossman


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