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Best of NYC 2015 I Indie Pop

#29

hey anna

Fronted by three eclectic Rauch-Sasseen sisters, Brooklyn/New Jersey band Hey Anna bring unabashed ear candy to the NYC scene. Sporting God Help the Girl-like vocals, quirky synths, and delicious lyrics, singles like “By the Bay” remind that life’s many pleasures are still small and accessible. New EP planned for 2015. (Jillian Dooley)

#41

psychic twin

Erin Fein, of Psychic Twin, moved to Brooklyn following the release of her S/T debut in 2011 and quickly unleashed a pair of quality singles: “The Deepest Part” and “Strangers.” Recent guest appearances with outside bands has only solidified Fein’s reputation as a centrifuge of emotional depth and created heavy anticipation for Psychic Twin’s next move. (JP Basileo)

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#31

bonsai

Bonsai’s self-titled debut EP is a dreamy altfolk gem. Opener “Bonsai Trees”—the most accomplished track on the record—showcases the trio’s ability to mix traditional Americana with inventive percussion and edgy guitars. Simone Stevens’ intimate vocals are really the glue, however, giving this small, beautiful record the power to awaken emotions that make people closer. Listen with friends. (paolo de gregorio)

#54

BRAEVES

Crooning since ‘09, Braeves frontman Ryan Colt Levy lays the foundation for Long Island’s best (and only?) soul-indie act. Their onerouslyrendered EP, Drifting by Design, was produced by Minuteman Mike Watts, who also assisted As Tall As Lions recently too. Drifting rides a similar soft beat (boy!) that that let’s you, like Dobie Gray, drift away. (Michael Haskoor)

#37

toons

Toons’ debut album is broody, stoner, couchcrashing fun—the audio equivalent of a Kevin Smith movie. They have some important questions to ask, however, like: “I wonder where did all these cows comes from?” (Hmm.) Elsewhere, it’s hard to tell whether lines like “I brought all these dollars for your panties tonight” are boastful or self-loathing. Guess it doesn’t matter, does it? (Leora Mandel)

#76

belle mare

The downer side of pop is aphoristic to Brooklyn’s Belle Mare. Recent single, “Cicada,” is wrought with such solemnity that it makes their Boat of the Fragile Mind EP (2013) sound like bubblegum. Quiet, steady guitars glide over soft piano tones, forming a foundation readymade for Amelia Bushell’s hushed vocals and ever-widening spectrum of emotion. (JP Basileo)

The Deli NYC #42 - Best of NYC 2015, Porches, Gentrified Williamsburg, Cassette Culture  

Annual 'Best of NYC' issue. Featuring indie-rock darlings Porches on the cover. Also: reviews of 100+ emerging artists based in the Big Appl...

The Deli NYC #42 - Best of NYC 2015, Porches, Gentrified Williamsburg, Cassette Culture  

Annual 'Best of NYC' issue. Featuring indie-rock darlings Porches on the cover. Also: reviews of 100+ emerging artists based in the Big Appl...

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