billy Makes Weird Electropop, Has a Cat and That's About All We Know

Sometimes you come across a bit of music that’s so in its own world and by an artist with so little information available online, that it seems almost more like outsider art than a part of the general scene- even the really obscure parts of the scene. That’s a dead-on description of billy, an (apparently) Austin-based solo artist that does some washed-out, way weird psychedelic electropop and who released his best yet piece this month with the structurally surprising and oddly charming track “mindz.” We couldn’t even get a legit picture of this elusive artist who doesn’t seem to have a Facebook page (at least that we can find); we had to take a screenshot of his Instagram and crop it. That ain’t normal these days y’all, but it kinda does add to this kid’s charm in this age of oversharing.

The track itself is equally enigmatic- it starts heavily melancholy in both tone and concept, a piece of slow electronic pop with equally balanced elements all plodding within its simple drum machine beat. Butt then at 1:07, when the chorus pops in, a very Air-esque high-toned, bright and pretty hook comes through hard and just massively changes up the feel of the whole song. It takes it from weird and cute but potentially something that might get overlooked after a few listens to a track that’s just arrestingly unique and which can even get the spine tingling a bit with its lazer-clear tones.

The lyrics continue the trend of ambiguity, seeming to be a reflection on perception and the way it interacts with relationships (“In our minds/We won’t go/In my mind/You want them”), but being deliberately obtuse about it in a way that pairs happily with the way the track’s sound is hard to pin down. All of it makes you wonder who billy is, what they’re all about and what else they can do, and that to us is the sign of a very interesting emerging artist indeed. Try billy’s stuff out yourself below, and if any of y’all have more info on this musician (at the least so we can let them know about the post), feel free to share in the comments. We’d like to know more about this one.


LOVE, OAKLAND: The Seshen's September Residency at Leo's

We're pleased to share that the Bay Area based band, The Seshen will be hosting a Tuesday night residency at Leo's in Oakland for the month of September. We know the fall is a few weeks away but it's good always to know what's coming your way as the seasons change!

It's no secret: The Seshen loves Oakland. Not only is it the band's home base, it's their community and serves as the inspiration for their ever-evolving, celebrated sound. So, when Leo's asked if they'd like to curate and host a Tuesday night residency this September, the band was quick to jump at the chance to give a little back to the place they call home.

The Love, Oakland residency features four shows where The Seshen teams up with other notable Bay Area bands to share the bill. Each night will have its own distinct flavor and surprises, but there is a common thread throughout: every show has been designed to celebrate Oakland's vibrant music scene and diverse culture.

9/8 Kev Choice
9/15 Naima Shalhoub
9/22 Meernaa & Maytronix
9/29 Lila Rose


Karl Kling unveils video for 'I Will Wait'

Take a care free stroll though electro-pop-land with Portland’s own Karl Kling. His latest single, ‘I Will Wait’ released on Crazy Heart Records, comes paired with an official video that perfectly blends the bouncy, synth-pop music with arthouse aesthetics. We can’t help but feel reminded of the glory days of the '80s and movies featuring the Brat Pack. Karl’s music is chock full of poppy hooks and catchy beats that are sure to make any able body dance like no one is watching. Be sure to keep up to date as he may be playing a venue near you soon! - Nathaniel Clubine


VVV & Dylan C- Music for a Future You Are Keeping from Happening

Typically when we post somethin’ electronic-leanin’ up in this house, we’re hittin’ the poppier, psych-ier, beat music-ier or hip-hop-ier sides of the style. That’s simply what most of what comes outta Austin these days in the tech-end of the scene (that’s still about the music and not just the party) sounds like. However, there is of course another side, and that’s the structured stuff. We avoid the term “dance music” here because, while the track we’re about to getcha on is well that, the term has a lot of baggage these days. Even the musicians featured here might not like that reluctance to term, but hey. It is what it is to the larger audience.

What local producers VVV and Dylan C do, here heard on collab track “Ricochet Pendulum Scanner,” is just that other side- some pure-minded Electronic Structure music with a hell of a pressure beat, a crunchy 90s warehouse mood and creative chops that obviously have involved thinking out a track much deeper than just tryin’ to make somethin’ to pop a molly and sweat to. If you see a bro in a dayglo tank gettin’ down to this, we’ll be straight shitted; it’s more from the end of electronic music that brings us detalists and genre expanders like Efdemin or Gui Borratto than it is something like David Guetta or even locals Run DMT, though we aren’t trying to say there’s not a place for that Big Party music too in this particular area of music (might as well ask someone to define art; yer gonna get a lotta pissed off folks who ain’t dancin’, head bobbin’ or fuckin’, and we’d argue that ain’t what music is about).

What we do want to do is to put at least what small spotlight we at The Deli have at our disposal onto these two iconoclasts in an Austin scene whose flows generally push strong in very different directions than this, both at large and within the electronic scene itself.

Both VVV and Dylan C have been putting out steady, strong series’ of music releases lately, movin’ music to the online masses at a high clip and an even higher quality, and this collaboration is among the best, sounding like somethin’ Richard D. James and Boards of Canada might have dropped in the mid 90s if they’d fallen into a vat of green shit and fused together, button-pushin’ fingers intact. Those who immediately perked at those names have nothing to wait for, get to clickin’ Play, but also those more into the pop side of bleepy music should still find this highly palatable if you want some good thinky music, and especially if you dug Radiohead’s post-OK Computer weird shit (which, wow, is getting really old now and that’s a strange thing to reckon with).

It’s music for the dark nerds and the night people, and you should listen to just about everything they’ve each been releasing. Start with “Ricochet Pendulum Scanner” below (man, even the name sounds like an Aphex track in just the right way), and soak into The Network just like the 90s good and well meant us all to by this ungodly advanced year. It’s a damn sight more productive than runnin’ your desperate eyes over your Facebook feed one more time looking for something actually worth a shit and wondering what the fuck failed, futile and probably deserved future we’ve brought on ourselves, if nothing else. In that way, this track is kinda future music for a future we’re all refusing to let happen, but should have, and it feels real damn good to dive in and let it make you a believer in a badass new millennium again, if even for a a few minutes.


DC's emerging experimental electronic producer DÉVÅZ releases a dark, ambient EP

DC based artist DÉVÅZ released his first EP this May titled "Narcissist". The sound is lush and mysterious, sometimes pulling samples from unlikely sonic-pals Ariana Grande, Drake, Charles Manson, Billie Holiday, Interpol, Anna Kendrick, and Iggy Pop (to name a few) into a foggy, paranoid brew. This is a mix for the listener who likes their house music in the context of a psychological thriller (or maybe an H.P. Lovecraft narrative guessing from the aesthetic of the album art). Though washed and ambient in structure, the beats keep this twisted story on fast, nimble feet from beginning to end. We're looking forward to further releases and hoping this newcomer will start DJing some of our local haunts. 

- Leora Mandel