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Paper Citizen stream "Anywhere We Want To" off their upcoming EP 'Postcards in Transit'

Boston’s Paper Citizen are preparing to release their debut EP Postcards in Transit on September 1st, and have recently shared its lead single “Anywhere We Want To”. It is a smooth track driven by twinkling guitars and keys and front-woman Claire Goh’s warm and delicate vocals. Goh reflects on the delight of meeting someone who she quickly wants to spend all of her time with, staying up late and wandering the city streets. The song’s gentle instrumentation puts the focus on Goh’s vocals before eventually unfolding into a vibey guitar solo towards the end. Paper Citizen just recently played the Quincy Arts Festival and will be playing the Midway Cafe on September 17th! - John Honan





Arc Iris tour the US and UK and EU + talk about gear on Delicious Audio

Arc Iris was started by Jocie Adams (formerly of The Low Anthem) as a solo project in 2012 before enlisting the help of Zach Tenorio-Miller on keyboards and Ray Belli on drums, and in 2014 they released their genre bending debut that was influenced by everything from folk and country to jazz and cabaret. Their upcoming album Moon Saloon takes on a darker and more mysterious atmosphere, while continuing to use bold classical arrangements that make their sound unique. Their complexly composed songs feature a wide array of instruments and tender vocal harmonies that shape the band’s ethereal sound. The band is about to leave for an over a month long tour in the US and Europe. In anticipation of Moon Saloon's release on August 19th via Bella Union, our friends at Delicious Audio asked the band's keyboardist, Zach, about the band's gear and creative process - see link below.

Delicious Audio interview with Arc Iris.





Flocke brings droney chamber pop to Union Pool tonight (08.31)

The brainchild of musician Nicole Mercedes (who released this album under her own name in 2012), Flocke is feel-good chamber pop for the soul. Amidst a gentle orchestration involving acoustic guitars, droney orchestral elements, light percussions, ukuleles and xylophones, in her only single currently available online entitled “Venice” (streaming below) Nicole adopts stream of consciousness lyrics, taking us along with her on this mental journey, and occasionally declaring “Venice is a state of mind.” You can catch her at Union Pool with Gingerlys, Wilder Maker, and Friend Roulette tonight (August 31st) where she’ll be sure to play more than just one single. - Madeleine Grossman

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Electro-spiritual project Varick unveils new single Surrender

Deeply spiritual and tortured at once, NYC's electronic one man band project Varick is back with a new track that combines goth influences with EDM, synth pop and industrial. A song about "surrendering your ego in order to find a deeper meaning within yourself." Surrender (streaming below) well exemplifies Varick's interpretation of music and creativity as mediums towards the search for a deeper life balance, where catharses - here in the form of occasional explosions of distorted guitars - can be as enlightening as the contemplation expressed in the thoughtful lyrics. The single will be part of Varick debut full length album, entitled Veda I, to be released on September 9th.

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Oh Malô bring their soulful and dreamy sound to Great Scott on 8/26

A book review of one of Murukami's novels once said his work was influenced by so many writers it ended up being incredibly original. There's some truth to that description, and it might just apply to Boston band Oh Malô as well. They have sound that's very difficult to pin the tail on, but perhaps taking an index of the components and parts would help. On their latest LP, As We Were their guitars are deeply atmospheric with a light psych feel. The vocals are deeply soulful, and wouldn't feel out of place on any RnB track. The rhythm section, though, is downright muscular, emboldening the sound with an alt or even prog-rock flavor.  The easiest comparison to make would be to Local Natives, but that doesn't help much either, considering they to deftly evade most categorization also. Suffice to say, Oh Malô make quality music that sounds familiar and fresh all at once. You can see them live at Great Scott on 8/26. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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

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