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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

   

Mako Sica & Hamid Drake

Experimental trio Mako Sica has teamed up the legendary jazz drummer Hamid Drake for on a new album called Balancing Star. The album is due out via Astral Spirit on April 17th and lead single and opening track, "Trapeze", can be heard below.

Mako Sica is the work of Przemyslaw Krys Drazek, Brent J Fuscaldo, and Chaetan Newell.

   

Matt McNish "Sick Country"

Matt McNish has released a video for the title track, "Sick Country", from his forthcoming album. McNish finished the album just before the COVID-19 outbreak, but it now feels eerily timely.

This is the follow-up to this DIY artist 2019 album OK Vacation.

   

Steve Dawson & Funeral Bonsai Wedding "Last Flight Out"

Steve Dawson (of Dolly Varden) & Funeral Bonsai Wedding are returning on May 8th with their latest album, Last Flight Out, on May 8th. They recently released the album's title and opening tracking which is accompanied by the Joel Benjamin and Diane Christiansen animated video below.

The core of the Funeral Bonsai Wedding are the talented local jazz greats Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone), Charles Rumback (drums), Jason Roebke (bass and string arrangements). Through out the album he is also joined by a string section consisting of Inger Carle, Andra Kulans, Vannia Phillips, and Melissa Bach.

When asked about the album's title track Dawson had this to say; "The more I think about this song, and the whole album, really, it seems to be about the feeling that we are all living through a giant collective ending. With climate change, global rage and violence, the undoing of the fabric of society it feels like an ending. So, the next thought is, “how can I best use the time that’s left?” This song feels like an acknowledgement of the situation. The song purposely has no tonic - no clear home base chord - and the strings wind through it like vines searching for places to hang on."

Photo by Matthew Gilson

   

Wills McKenna "Clover"

Multi-instrumentalist Wills McKenna recently released a surprising and beautiful new single called "Clover". On the all too brief track he plays tenor sax and acoustic guitar over a droning cello track. This is the first new music from McKenna since his 2017 EP "Nothing Left".

McKenna is a member of the noisy Hip Hop and Jazz Fusion band Je'raf who recently released a a new album via Amalgam called Throw Neck.