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    Default Delphic - Acolyte

    released Jan 12, 2010

    from the album - This Momentary

    from wikipedia

    Delphic are an alternative dance band from Manchester, United Kingdom. They are signed to Polydor and released a single called "Counterpoint" in April 2009 through R&S Records, produced by Ewan Pearson.

    In 2009 the band toured the UK music festival circuit, playing at T in the Park, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Creamfields and Bestival.

    The single "This Momentary" was released on 31 August 2009 through Kitsuné. The music video for "This Momentary" has been nominated for three UK Music Video Awards, including Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Telecine. In November 2009 they made their first TV appearance appearing on Later... with Jools Holland playing "Doubt".

    Delphic are one of the 15 shortlisted music acts for the BBC Sound of 2010 [5] announced on Monday 7th December. As of the 6th January 2010, Delphic were placed Third on BBC Sound of 2010.

    It was announced on Delphic's website on 2 November 2009 that their debut album will be called Acolyte and released on Polydor on 11 January 2010. Reviewing for BBC Music, writer Lou Thomas commented that it "might just be the first great album of 2010". Acolyte was also described as "on kissing terms with magnificence" by Simon Price of the Independent.

    from the guardian

    You could understand why public resistance to the Next Big Thing lists might be weighing heavily on the minds of Mancunian dance-rock trio Delphic. They've worryingly fetched up not at the top of tips, but in the tricky mid-table zone, where even in a good year, success is far from guaranteed, as evidenced by the glittering subsequent careers of Kubb, Air Traffic and Sadie Ama. But if Delphic are feeling trepidation, it doesn't show, either in their debut album – which sounds hugely confident in a packed-with-potential-hit-singles way – or their press pronouncements. In fact, there's something a little disingenuous about their attempts to airily dismiss comparisons with New Order. "I guess the fact we live in Manchester makes the New Order statements unavoidable," offered guitarist Matt Cocksedge recently, which is rather asking for the response: well, yeah, that, the fact that you've gone for the kind of opaque one-word song titles that helped lend New Order's early albums an aura of mystique (Doubt, Submission, Counterpoint), the fact that your website looks like it was designed by Peter Saville just after he finished the cover of Low-Life and the fact that Acolyte is packed with moments that sound exactly like New Order. Drummer Dan Hadley mimics the nervy, skittering patterns of Stephen Morris; Doubt ends with a burst of thrashed distorted guitar that could have stepped straight off Brotherhood; Submission boasts a solo so indebted to Peter Hook's style it all but turns up in a pair of leather trousers and starts complaining about Tony Wilson's mismanagement of the Haçienda.

    Whatever they say, they've clearly been studying pretty closely, but that's not entirely a bad thing. On the downside, Acolyte certainly has its derivative moments, although it could be reasonably argued that there are infinitely worse people to sound like than New Order. On the plus side, they've certainly gleaned how to pull off New Order's most celebrated trick: melding dancefloor electronics and rock. When indie bands meddle in dance music, the result tends to either be lumpily awkward or involve their identity being submerged beneath a remix, but there's something impressively organic about the way Acolyte's title track surges from its ambient opening into pulsing life, or how Red Lights boldly slips its radio-friendly verse-chorus mooring and drifts into a lengthy, hypnotic instrumental section. The bleeps and beats never feel bolted-on, but integral: someone involved in Acolyte's production – either the band or their producer, Berlin-based DJ Ewan Pearson, or both – has a perfect understanding of the build-and-release dynamics of the dancefloor.

    More impressive still, they apply them to some remarkably powerful songs: the choruses of This Momentary and Counterpoint sound entirely undeniable. Even in the current refusenik climate, it's hard not to feel it would take an almost superhuman effort on the part of the public to resist them.

    Track Listing

    1."Clarion Call"
    3."This Momentary"
    4."Red Lights"
    Last edited by Music Head; 12-01-2010 at 23:16.
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