2012-01-09From New York, TriBeCaStan started as a duo consisting of multi-instrumentalists Jeff Greene and John Kruth (formerly a touring member of Meat Puppets and Violent Femmes). In the last several years, the band has grown and now involves more members and instruments than one can shake a stick at (even if it’s a really big stick!). Most of the songs on “New Deli” are instrumentals with middle eastern leanings; yet each song is distinctly different from its predecessor. At first listen, I thought of “New Deli” as “easy-listening world music” or even “world music for people who don’t like world music”, as it’s all pretty digestible. There are definitely some clunkers (tracks 4, 7, 10, 13), but the catchy melodies and feel-good grooviness here is hard to resist. Rebecca Ruth
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