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Acolyte by Delphic

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Reviewed on 31st January 2010.



By Delphic

Tipped by the BBC music oligarchs to be one the best British bands in 2010, Manchester band Delphic prepare for a UK tour to promote the release of debut album 'Acolyte.'

Delphic have been making waves since they burst onto the scene last year, with a string of festival appearance at T In The Park, Reading and Leeds, Bestival and Creamfields, it was only a matter of time before Jools Holland snapped them up for his Later show. Since then, they've been dubbed 'Sound of 2010' by the BBC and are receiving rave reviews for debut offering 'Acolyte.'

Having seen them perform at Reading Festival on the NME stage, I knew that I was watching something special, a band to get properly excited about and possibly make it all the way to my illustrious 'new favourite band' list. The album did not disappoint, there is not one bum note or skip-track.

Throwing you straight into 'Clarion Call,' with incredible synths; an electro sound-scape with lashings of edge, every second a complete delight as it crescendos into choruses of "it's your life."

'Doubt' was a track that stuck out in my mind when I saw them live, beginning the track with a killer intro. This melodic track is a perfect pop song and one that will be played in every indie/electro disco in the country. Its catchy chorus is juxtaposed against an intricate guitar and nifty electronica that give Delphic the edge over anything else that's been pumped out by the major labels in the hope of making the Radio 1 play-list.

'This Momentary' is a track that sucks you in with lovely vocal harmonies before taking you to a furious disco beat that forces you to dance around the room like a loon, complimented by one of the best drum fills I've heard in a long time.

'Red Light' is a spacey track with an equally catchy chorus. Although it does start with a bass-line heard in a Police track, don't let that put you off: it fits perfectly into the upbeat Delphic style.

Title track 'Acolyte' is by far my favourite, dipping in and out of an acid house beat reminiscent of early Ibiza soundtracks. It's shoegaze-cum-post rock-electro clash. This feel is extended to next track 'Halcyon,' which is yet another triumph for the album, but this has a more indie feel to it.

Delphic is a band to get truly excited about, perfectly fusing what electronica gurus of Warp Records do in a perfect pop package. The biggest downfall is that they will be a one album wonder and they will end up sounding samey.



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