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Best of NYC #58: Savoir Adore - Live at Bowery, 04.24 w/Adam Green

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record sotre personnel and DJs). Many of the bands in this list will play The Deli's Best of NYC Fest in Williamsburg in May (6 shows in 3 different venues between the 13 and the 15).

Savoir Adore 's 14-track LP, “Into The Wooded Forest” comes out of the gate strong, with a wide array of musical styles from exquisite harmonies set to a smooth march to electric percussion with a beat that instantly makes you want to move. The duo who comprise Savoir Faire, Deidre and Paul, have made an outstanding collaborative effort, weaving synthpop, indie rock, and organic lyrics that show they are not naïve to the music scene or the fans who follow them. Their songs are authentic in nature, humble in deliverance, and strong in performance, making their first full-length album a solid jumping off point for this imaginative, Brooklyn-based group.- CM

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Javelin CD release party at Santos on April 22

Electronic duo Javelin - already Deli CD of the month in May 2009 - are one of the most original things we stumbled upon recently. The band, signed to David Byrne's Luaka Bop, will be celebrating the release of their debut CD on that label on April 22 with a party at Santos Party House. These guys are getting a lot of attention, do not miss.

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April 2010
The Naked Hearts
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This is one of those bands that make boys and girls fall in love (with each other and with their music, of course). The Naked Hearts are a not-entirely-bass-less rock duo (live, the bass exists as if by magic even if nobody is playing it, as we have personally witnessed!) which offer some extremely well crafted, melancholic, guitar indie-pop.
Amy Cooper (guitar and vocals) and Noah Wheeler (drums and vocals) are obvious musical soul mates - their voices perfectly complement each other, their songwriting is well integrated, and their performances are flawlessly tight. The simplicity of their guitar pop formula and the clean rock production may be reminiscent of The Strokes, but the main ingredients of their music (songwriting and overall mood in particular) make this debut a completely different beast.
"Mass Hysteria" exists in a musical limbo floating between Belly's hyper-melancholic psych pop ("Way I See You", "Dark Shade"), the more straightforward and up-beat guitar pop of Juliana Hatfield and PJ Harvey circa 1992 ("Boyfriend"), and the obvious Nirvana influences ("Call Me", "Mass Hysteria").
Of course, The Naked Hearts don't have the angst that characterized all grunge bands - but it's their generation that seems to lack that trait. Almost surprisingly, instead, the band uses that genre's musical signature and fills it with some sort of innocence that instills a refreshing quality. Maybe this is the way the unavoidable, almost due by now grunge revival will sneak back to our ears? The record has at least two singles with noteworthy potential: "Like I Do" and "Mass Hysteria" - true pop gems that build up and open up with harmonized choruses exactly the way we like it - this is stuff that could also work on the dance floor. Is there anything better than dancing intensely to an emotional rocking song, after all?

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