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August 2014
Vinyl Thief
""Fathoms"
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In high school, my friend Craig Lee took it upon himself to educate me on what to do when I got high, which was: take a 311 CD and play it through Windows media player, and set the visualization to “Ambience.” With those days behind me (and a few subsequent years lost devil-sticking for tips as I followed 311 tours) I had long forgotten that particular use for Windows until I listened to Vinyl Thief’s debut album, “Fathoms.”

 

Released July 22nd, “Fathoms” listens like an entity. Granted, all albums vary song to song, and this one is no different, but few pluck the same rubber band in your brain and sustain it throughout it the duration. Fewer still can be so closely likened to getting lost watching a pixelated visualization of music on your ’01 Dell, wondering:“Whoa, how did they know to do that?”

 

Vinyl Thief is a synth driven powerhouse of a band that has been gathering acclaim since the release of their “Rebel Hill” EP in 2012. The group has essentially come of age playing together, from their high school inception to logging hours of practice in a church-sanctuary-turned-rehearsal space to perfect the sound and rapport that makes Vinyl Thief extraordinary. There are not many bands with such an expert handle on their sound.

 

There are a few anchors in Vinyl Thief that make them so listenable. Their synthesizers are going to do something beautiful. Grayson Proctor’s vocals are going to run through an impressive range without ever sounding forced or theatrical. And every song is going to reliably blow your mind in some way. It might be on a smaller scale, like when the guitar breaks the silence after the bridge in “London” with what I can only imagine a swoon would sound like. Or it could be big, like when the track “Rebel Hill” finally reaches a crescendo after a series of goosebump-inducing change-ups. The band has a knack for zig-ing when a zag is expected, going soft instead of loud, or even bigger when they’re already turned up.

 

Vinyl Thief is one of the best examples of the modern face of Nashville music, where already talented musicians go through great pains to learn their craft and the business around it. This is a band that is one sync away from national exposure. Be prepared to hear much more Vinyl Thief after Apple or Toyota licenses one of their tracks. Considering that “Fathoms” is a collection of their best material meticulously recorded and lovingly presented like a bowl of all-red jelly beans ready for the grabbing, this is only a matter of time. –Terra James-Jura

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Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes wins our Nashville Best Emerging Artist of 2012 Poll!

Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes wins our Nashville Best Emerging Artist of 2012 Poll!

Dear Deli Readers,

We are proud to announce that The Deli’s Best of 2012 Emerging Nashville Artist is Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes! The band received high scores all around in our poll, with votes pouring in from jurors, Deli writers, and readers, which is something quite rare and conjures up a fully deserved win. Indie-rockers The Paranormals placed second followed by the Southern blues band Luella & the Sun who came in at third.

Please take a look at our chart of 50+ Nashville-area emerging artists below. The highest value of votes came from our jurors, who included individuals involved in local music. This includes promoters, venue owners, press, DJs and other music experts, who are listed below (thanks y’all). The remainder of the votes was compiled by The Deli Nashville contributors, readers, and open submissions voted on by national Deli editors.

BEST OF 2012 POLL FOR EMERGING NASHVILLE ARTISTS
- FINAL RESULTS -
 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes
10
1
1.5
1
13.5
2
The Paranormals
7
1
0.012
1
9.012
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3
Luella & the Sun
8
 
0.005
 
8.005
icon
4
Ponychase
7
 
0.011
 
7.011
icon
5
Wild Cub
7
 
0.007
 
7.007
icon
6
Cherub
5
 
0.029
 
5.029
icon
7
Natalie Prass
4
 
0.017
 
4.017
icon
8
The Vespers
3
 
0.007
1
4.007
icon
9
Anna Haas
 
 
2
2
4
icon
10
Alanna Royale
2
1
0.5
 
3.5
icon
11
Adam Burrows
3
 
0.139
 
3.139
12
The Young International
3
 
0.084
 
3.084
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13
Andrew Combs
3
 
0.019
 
3.019
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14
Natural Child
3
 
0.015
 
3.015
icon
15
Fly Golden Eagle
3
 
0.01
 
3.01
icon
 
Kopecky Family Band
3
 
0.01
 
3.01
icon
17
Magnolia Sons
3
 
0.009
 
3.009
icon
 
Promised Land
3
 
0.009
 
3.009
icon
19
Foreign Fields
 
 
0.008
3
3.008
icon
20
Nahnee Bori
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
21
Linear Downfall
2
 
0.5
 
2.5
22
Billy Swayze
2
 
0.17
 
2.17
icon
23
The Gills
2
 
0.075
 
2.075
icon
24
The Kingston Springs
2
 
0.059
 
2.059
icon
25
Hanzelle
2
 
0.04
 
2.04
icon
26
Great Peacock
2
 
0.032
 
2.032
icon
27
Little Bandit
2
 
0.011
 
2.011
icon
28
Jessie Baylin
2
 
0.006
 
2.006
icon
 
RayLand Baxter
2
 
0.006
 
2.006
icon
30
Marc Scibilia
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
31
Heidi Feek
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
32
DeRobert & the Half-Truths
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
33
Echo Group
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
34
Sharpneck
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
35
Steelism
2
 
0
 
2
icon
36
Herschel Garrison
 
 
0.017
1.5
1.517
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37
Diarrhea Planet
1
 
0.5
 
1.5
icon
38
Blackfoot Gypsies
1
 
0.082
 
1.082
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39
Kelly Ruth
 
 
0.065
1
1.065
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40
Roy Ira
 
 
0.028
1
1.028
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41
Della Mae
1
 
0.025
 
1.025
icon
42
Kristen Cothron & the Darkside
 
 
0.023
1
1.023
icon
43
Two Bit Charlie
 
 
0.022
1
1.022
icon
44
Eastern Block
1
 
0.017
 
1.017
icon
45
Honey Locust
 
 
0.015
1
1.015
icon
46
Poly
1
 
0.011
 
1.011
icon
47
World.I.Made
 
 
0.01
1
1.01
icon
48
Waked Lunch
 
 
0.007
1
1.007
icon
49
Anchor Thieves
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
50
Evan P. Donohue
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
 
The Lonely Biscuits
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
52
Max and the Wild Things
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
Quichenight
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
54
Meadownoise
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Jurors List: Brianne Turner (The Deli Nashville), Chris Mara (Welcome To 1979), Marissa Moss (Lockeland Springsteen), Louis (The Groove), Erin Manning (The Deli Nashville), Justin Hammel (Lightning 100), Brandon Jazz (Mercy Lounge), Jesse Willoughby (ASCAP), Steve Cross (photographer), East Nashville Underground (East Nashville Underground), Patrick Rodgers (The Nashville Scene), Elise Tyler (The Stone Fox), Mike Reuther (OurVinyl), Kyle Kelly (Villain Place), We Own This Town (We Own This Town), Wells Adams (Lightning 100), Cayla Mackey (Native Magazine), Allen Ralph (OurVinyl), No Country For New Nashville (No Country For New Nashville), John Walker (Music City Roots), Lloyd Aur Norman (Villain Place).

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The Deli's Staff


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