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Zone out with WL's "Disintegrate"

Beautifully tackling loss and acceptance in a nutshell, WL's newest tune and accompanying visuals have the power to bring on mental calm and necessary contemplation. It's soothing reel of waves pairs perfectly with Misty Mary's ethereal vocals, creating a layers of hazy, intrinsic texture.

"Disintegrate" comes off of WL's sophomore album titled Light Years, due out on the 28th of this month on XRAY Records. The composition of the album is a point of interest, as it was originally intented to be performed live alongside 'Gandahar,' a French surrealist animation by Rene Laloux. WL decided to team up with various local artists in creating their own visual element to Light Years, using stop motion animation, stereoscopic photography and 3D point cloud scanning as some of the mediums and techniques.

A screening of Light Years the film will be at Laurelhurst Theater on October 26th, with their album release show taking place on November 11th at the Spare Room.

Guitarist and keyboardist Michael Yun spoke on "Disintegrate" to the Grey Estates, who premiered the track just last week:

'Disintegrate' is a song about loss. It's a goodbye with no goodbye, it's a possibility that becomes impossible. It's when the weight of the ocean is over you and you give in to it. The video is a simple meditation on the movement of waves. It's a single shot, from a single point with altered time. We filmed hours of footage in both slow motion and time lapse, but this continuous shot just fit the feeling perfectly. 

   

The Ghost Ease Tour Kick Off

The Ghost Ease will be shipping out for a West Coast tour after a kickoff party this Tuesday (3.18) at the industrial northsiders’ favorite venue. Their psych rock tunes will be a perfect fit for the World Famous Kenton Club as their distorted and guitar driven songs echo swimmingly into the garage sound that this music was born into. The Ghost Ease focus on a steady rhythm and noticeable, grungy guitar sections to fill things out while guitar/vocalist Jem Marie’s dreamy vocals bring their songs into folky ballads. Come on out to send them off the proper way. Opening the show is fellow psych-folk rockers, WL. - Colin Hudson

   

Best of 2013 Poll for Emerging Portland Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Portland Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it of with remarkable flair!

Kudos to nocturnal psych-rockers Genders (pictured) for winning it! Thumbs up to ethereal dream poppers WL and to sugary indie pop maestros Wild Ones.

Here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ Portland scene expert (our jury, list at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music Portland produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING PORTLAND ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Genders
9
2
0.012
 
11.012
2
WL
9
1
0.006
 
10.006
icon
3
Wild Ones
9
 
0.002
 
9.002
icon
4
Sama Dams
5
2
0.022
1
8.022
icon
5
The Ghost Ease
6
2
0.004
 
8.004
icon
6
Grammies
5
2
0.003
 
7.003
icon
7
Your Rival
6
 
0.004
 
6.004
icon
8
Fanno Creek
5
 
0.007
 
5.007
icon
9
Rags and Ribbons
4
 
0.5
 
4.5
icon
10
Tango Alpha Tango
3
1
0.039
 
4.039
icon

11

Wooden Indian Burial Ground
2
2
0.007
 
4.007
12
Natasha Kmeto
3
1
0.004
 
4.004
icon
13
Adam Brock
 
 
1
3
4
icon
14
Bearcubbin
3
 
0.027
 
3.027
icon
15
A Volcano
3
 
0.011
 
3.011
icon
16
Bevelers
2
1
0.008
 
3.008
icon
17
Magic Mouth
2
1
0.005
 
3.005
icon
 
The Autonomics
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
19
Sun Angle
3
 
0.004
 
3.004
icon
20
Holy Grove
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
21
Modern Kin
2
1
0.002
 
3.002
icon
22
Magic Fades
3
 
0
 
3
icon
 
She's Not Dead
1
 
2
 
3
icon
24
Just Lions
 
 
1.5
1
2.5
icon
 
Manx
2
 
0.5
 
2.5
icon
26
Adventure Galley
 
 
0.051
2
2.051
icon
27
The Cabin Project
2
 
0.035
 
2.035
icon
28
Grandhorse
2
 
0.016
 
2.016
icon
29
Melville
2
 
0.012
 
2.012
icon
 
Souvenir Driver
1
1
0.012
 
2.012
icon
31
Hungers
2
 
0.007
 
2.007
icon
 
Grandparents
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
33
The Ecstatics
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
34
The Moonshine
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
35
Dresses
2
 
0
 
2
icon
 
The People Electric
1
1
0
 
2
icon
37
Coma Serfs
 
 
0.025
1.5
1.525
icon
 
Shy Girls
1
 
0.015
 
1.015
icon
39
Mister Tang
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
 
Summer Cannibals
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
41
Big Haunt
1
 
0.005
 
1.005
icon
42
Rare Monk
 
 
0.004
1
1.004
icon
43
Litanic Mask
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
The Suicide Notes
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
The We Shared Milk
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
46
Soft Shadows
 
 
0.002
1
1.002
icon
47
There Is No Mountain
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
48
The Last 45's
1
 
0
 
1
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

 

List of jurors: Matt King (Mississippi Studios) James Dineen (Sessions From the Box) Rochelle Hunter (PDX Pop Now!) Nick Gattman (Alhambra Theatre) Chris Young (Oregon Music News) Cassandra Bryant (Lippop Booking) Theo Craig (Smoke Signals Booking) Louie Herr and Aaron Colter (Banana Stand Media) Michele Motta (Club 21) Nalin Silva (Kelly’s Olympian) Chris Cantino (Into the Woods) Mark Dilson (PDX Pick) Hollister Dixon and Yousef Hatlani (Faces on the Radio) Rachel Milbauer and Elizabeth Elder (Party Boyz) Dennise Kowalczyk (KZME) Gustav (94.7 too) Ashley Jocz ( RIP City Review) Jared Amon (KINK)

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff

   

WL at Bunk Bar 6.18

It’s probably been a while since you’ve heard some good space rock. The soft vocals and drawn out guitar chords that have righteously ruled over the West Coast will take over Bunk Bar tonight. WL has formed a sound similar to the ones we were familiar with in the 1990s and progressed the rock into a fuzzy time warp that sounds like a band you’ve never heard before. The dreamy and beautiful vocals pair with crashing drums beats that create a lot of emotion throughout the songs. They are not quick punches in the face, rather long windowless car rides on a hot summer night. You can experience these sounds tonight for the low cost of 3 dollars, show starts at 9. - Colin Hudson