On everyone's 'tip for the top' tongues this new year are Mancunian synth-botherers Delphic.
'Doubt' is the second single from just released album 'Acolyte' and, to the relief of Radio One programmers everywhere, it's pretty good. It's not a lads' guitar band, it's not a minimal synth workout and it's not a nerd on the dancefloor, Hot-Chip affair. It's a bit of an all-things-to-all-men piece.
The obvious reference is New Order. The sound, location, look and minimal style can't be avoided. Even the song titles, doubt, submission, counterpoint 'cry out to be put in an elegant Peter Saville font (thanks, Guardian.) When I caught them in Leeds this summer they even had matching Ian Curtis style, nice shiny shirts and slacks outfits on. I would imagine with highly polished shoes, too.
Sadly, it's the New Order of the anonymous, bright sounding, synth-led late 80s/90s rather than the bass and rhythm strong early 80s version (that's another group that dance music fucked up, but that's another story.)
The song itself begins with them 'intoning "Uh-Ah-Um-Ee-Ah" vowel sounds like some weird Buddhist chant,' that quote was taken from a review I did on here two years ago of a 'school of language' album, which uses exactly the same effect. And then it's just under four minutes of well worked, synth guitar pop. Good, but they're going to have to work some to justify and maintain the hype.