If you have been scanning music magazines in your local newsagents lately you may have seen the ‘sound of 2010’ or perhaps the ‘sound of the next decade’ plastered over the cover, so it is indeed that time of year again and many of these magazines or news outlets have said Delphic are this sound that is going to blow everyone away, but I beg to differ. Given the facts that Delphic are from Manchester and that Acolyte is rich with 80’s electro and new wave influences, then the easily devised headlines hailing this band as the ‘new New Order‘ were inevitable.
First of all Acolyte is at least 50 minutes long, if not, its a lot longer – too long in any case. After a good half an hour, the dancey beats and robotic sounds go on and on, making you none the wiser as to when one song stops and the next begins. Most of the songs are at least two or three minutes longer than they need to be, with the title track clocking in at 8 minutes and 50 seconds. To be completely honest, I got a little bored with it all and I took a break from this monotony and listened to different artists to regain my interest before carrying on with the second half of the album.
There are obvious singles, those being “Doubt”, “This Momentary” and “Counterpoint” but the album in its entirety is cold, the lyrics mean little and there isn’t a single moment where I feel excited or passionate about it. Adding to the pomp factor is the splattering of Greek-derived song titles, including the album’s title track, but don’t be fooled by this attempt to add some kind of theme and substance to all this drudgery.
When I first heard “Counterpoint” it sounded promising, but as I sat listening to this album it all became a bit self-indulgent. By the time I had listened to this for a third time I realised how little soul it has, therefore I had lost all interest in giving the time it needed to ‘grow’ on me. If anyone has the time or indeed patience to listen to such a long album, then you may like it.
Perhaps if Delphic had spent less time working on the presentation of the album and actually focused on the quality of songwriting, I’m sure I would have liked it a lot more.