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deelanZ – Snake In The Grass

I generally wouldn’t associate Salt Like City with forward thinking rock music, but the beauty of the internet age and its democratization of music makes it possible for artists like deelanZ to transcend their regional constraints. Thus we have “Snake In The Grass”, a raucous blend of urgent synth sounds (at least I think that’s what they are!) with apocalyptically groovy guitars – they’re super smooth but they feel like the eye of the storm which is pretty fitting considering what this song is apparently about. deelanZ’s vocals continue that trend with an effortlessly cool factor to them that makes being left by his lover after emerging from a coma sound like a fucked up incident he takes in total stride. What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold.

The coolness of this song also provides a pretty nice framework for how to deal with resentments. Rather than enveloping yourself in anger until it breaks you, you can feel those emotions healthily and then pragmatically channel them into a productive outlet. And hell, what’s a more productive outlet than killer music? Make your point, make it sound awesome, and then move on. That’s a formula I can get behind.

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deelanZ – Authenticity

I love a good rock track with a gritty edge, so it’s no surprise that I’m digging deelanZ’s newest. It has elements of a throwback to early ’90s grunge rock, don’t-give-a-fuck attitude and all, which brings back memories of hearing The Smashing Pumpkins on the radio on repeat and walking down the street, headphones on blasting “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Like any era relegated to the past, there’s something mystical about those days that’s difficult to replicate authentically. Sure, you can check off all the genre-based boxes, but there’s an intangible vibe that transcends quantification.

“Authenticity” is one of the rare songs that channels that intangible vibe, the ghosts of grunge’s past coursing through indie rock of the present. It feels like a flannel-wearing mallrat anthem for pacing around your suburb’s stomping grounds while brimming with confidence that it’s your turf. Light a cigarette, inhale, and look around at the monotonous wasteland you inhabit. Exhale and think about how you’re going to get out of this town to carve your own path. Throw your cigarette butt on the ground, stomp it out, and put your headphones on. Press play on “Authenticity”.

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