Considering the fact that I’m an Indie lover, ‘Delphic’, a quartet from Manchester defies Indie and gives us proper mainstream alternative music. With cutting edge musicality, infusion of electronic music into beautifully written verses it’s no wonder why these lads came in third in BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll. And surely, it’s a fact that upon the release of their much-anticipated debut effort, positive ratings from critics arise without bias.
I’ve been actually meaning to write this review for a long time now. Upon hearing ‘Counterpoint’ last year, I am completely convinced they have potential. Serious potential. The fast paced drums, electric hype they’re presenting with each track is just magnanimous. Their debut effort reached #8 in the UK albums chart last January. Although quite disappointing. It’s just a chart number.
Before the release of ‘Acolyte’, the lads already had two singles placed under their belts. The incredible killer tracks ‘Counterpoint’ and ‘This Momentary’ which gave us a generous taste of what’s coming in their debut LP.
Aside from their first two singles, tracks on ‘Acolyte’ never disappoint. The single that coincided with the release of their album, ‘Doubt’ is as equally brilliant as the other songs in the album are. Climactic electronic synth laden undercurrents seems to be their ability and it definitely translates well in each track.
‘Halcyon’, on the other hand is another killer track from the lads. Immense queer synths and samples seem to make it sound as mythical as the title track suggests. It also presents a serious lyrics with James Cook sings ‘Give me something I can believe in… What you say doesn’t say that you mean it’ with aplomb. It’s absolutely convincing and very tacky that it could be considered to be one of my favourites in the album.
Delphic may tend to put themselves in the position of other prominent bands of their influence. It’s quite obvious that you can hear a bit of Bloc Party, The Klaxons and even Pendulum in some of the tracks. Having said that, their take on it is pretty clever and is polished that for some it might not leave a trace of where it’s from.
During the course of the listening experience of the LP, it’s a no brainer that these lads know what they’re doing and they’re absolutely doing it right. Although their tact is quite confusing as they finished the album in a slow pace. After the fast paced tracks that are quite heavy and orgasmic the transition presented by ‘Ephemera’ denotes a transitory regression of an equally brilliant album. ‘Remain’ might not be a good idea to end it but it still doesn’t erase the fact that the album provided an electrifying, mind-boggling listening experience.
Although it might be too early to say that they’ve produced their best, they surely got what it takes to have longevity in their choice of path. It’s also true that ‘Acolyte’ might just be one of the greatest album of the new decade and they’ve really set the bar high this year. And the end point, we can’t wait for their new album already.
LABEL: Polydor Records