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Manchester rock outfit Delphic has absolutely been on my radar since the release of their single entitled Doubt (Click to read my Doubt review). Their debut LP Acolyte (Click to read my Acolyte review) is one of the most splendid records I have heard all year long. Anyway, the band has been gracious enough in offering music lovers all over the world a free EP consisting of four tracks which are as follows:

1. Counterpoint (Tim Goldsworthy Edit)
2. Wake
3. Doubt (Acoustic)
4. This Momentary (Extended Remix)

All tracks are a treat to the senses especially the new remix of This Momentary. This EP is available for FREE. Yes, your eyes are not being fooled. The EP is absolutely free and if you want to get it, click the link:

Free Delphic EP

The chaps from Manchester garnered lots of deserved hype after being shortlisted as one of the 15 music acts for BBC Sound of 2010. With debut album Acolyte out, Delphic surely wants to prove that its spot in the BBC Sound of 2010 is thoroughly deserved.

The band does not have to worry about any harsh critic with this album though. The quality of the tracks is absolutely magnificent. The arrangements for most of the tracks are stellar. The debut album sounds clearly authentic with electronic leanings included.

Released single Doubt stands out with its fast pace manufactured by the crashing of the drums. The lyrics do give the track that anthemic feeling just like what its Manchester counterparts such as the now-defunct Oasis have done through their material in the past.

This Momentary shows that the band really knows what they are doing. The creativity is astounding. The bass line gives off that ‘rock sound’ feeling which meshes well with the synths. Lyrically, the song is superb. The synths only accentuate the very grand musicality that these chaps have.

Red Lights gives off that ‘club music’ feeling. As always, the electronic leanings are present and does a remarkable job. The repetition of the lyric ‘red lights’ surprisingly did not annoy me big time.

Title track Acolyte ends up as a cleverly polished instrumental. It sounds like the band was playing with their instruments and suddenly, they magically produced a stunning track that is loaded with irresistible charm and only shows off the tantalizing prospect that the band has loads of serious untapped potential.

The best track comes in the form of Halcyon. The rapid beating of the drums gives off that unexplainable rush of adrenaline pumping into the listener’s blood stream. James Cook sounds very convincing enough. The track shows off the band’s ability to write such masterful lyrics. Who can think of writing lines such as ‘If you take this away, I fade to black and disappear‘? I highly doubt if most musicians can match the superb lyricism that the Manchester chaps have.

Having described the stand-out tracks of the band’s debut effort, I can say I was greatly satisfied. However, the album is not at all perfect. Ephemera and Remain are two letdowns in an impressive debut. Still, there is no denying that Delphic pulled out the right cards for these debut effort. The effort is rock solid for the most part. The band surely succeeds in giving off an enjoyable and enriching listening experience.

Has Delphic given their best with this debut though? I do not think so. However, if the band continues to produce magnificent material and simply stay consistent, their names might be etched into the minds of people forever. Acolyte ends up as one of the most cleverly produced albums of the new decade and subsequently proves that Delphic is indeed one of the musical acts to watch this year. Am I excited to hear their next release? Hell yes, I am. I also hope the band successfully avoids falling into the proverbial sophomore slump.

For other reviews, do check out Ken’s review: CLICK

Best Track: Halcyon
Other Recommended Tracks: DoubtThis MomentaryRed Lights, and Acolyte
Genre: Alternative Dance
Date Released: January 11, 2010
Label: Polydor Records

The alternative dance band from Stockport made heads turn after they placed third in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll. What made me feel interested in these lads is the fact that they describe themselves as the ‘anti-Liam Gallaghers.’ After listening to their third single Doubt which got released last month, I am now fully convinced that they truly deserved the recognition that BBC gave to them.

Doubt sounds absolutely fresh with a creative rhythm emphasized through the fast pace created by the drums. The chorus is also great as the band tries to sound anthemic. The track simply is unique. Doubt definitely can change one’s perspective about rock music. Aside from the fast pace, the song also possesses killer lyrics. The lines are something that one will repeat from time to time.

Ultimately, Doubt might be the ‘it’ track that can propel the band to massive heights. I have got to say kudos to Polydor for signing this band immediately. Delphic should continue to make music like this. Tracks like Doubt are absolutely their bread and butter – it sounds absolutely great and can blow minds of people with great ease.

Genre: Alternative Dance/Rock
Date Released: January 18, 2010
Label: Polydor Record