Delphic is Greek mythology relating to Delphi an ancient city in central Greece. But Greece isn’t where this Delphic hail from. No instead it’s from the mythical musical city that is Manchester. The quartet consists of Richard Boardman, Matt Cocksedge, James Cook and Dan Hadley.
The boys released their debut album named “Acolyte” meaning an altar attendant in public worship, on January 11th. The alternative dance album contains 10 tracks the first being “Clarion Call” meaning an urgent call to act. The naming of the songs and the actual album shows that these boys aren’t intellectually lacking. Clarion Call shows everything these boys are about and really sets the tone for the album and indeed the band, from the vocals to the arrangements of the synths.
This is followed by the more familiar “Doubt” which has also been released as a single. This song was one of the reasons I dipped into my pocket and bought the album, but after the previous song it felt slightly inferior but still a great song nonetheless. The “aaah eeeeh eh aaah eeeeh eh oh” I’m not too sure about but it picks up brilliantly and the vocals really come through once again. The album continues in a similar vein throughout.
It would be unfair to dismiss it as being repetitive though as every song contains something which makes it feel fresh enough and the vocals are such that you could never tire of them. My personal favourite was the title track “Acolyte” this is a more conventional dance tack, highlights the underlying talent of the boys, the howling backing vocals and the changing of pace keeps this very long track interesting.
The album feels like a complete album, it feels as if a lot of time and effort has been invested in it. Most importantly though it feels fresh and that is something that needs to be highlighted. As the simplest way to describe Delphic would be to say part New Order, part Bloc Party, part Klaxons and while there are elements that can be compared, especially to New Order (being that both groups hail from the same city). It would be a great injustice to label Delphic re-hash merchants. If anything Delphic have just raised the bar, for the Klaxons’ new album slated for a release later this year.
Ironically they have released songs named This Momentary and Doubt as singles, but judging by this album Delphic are far from Momentary material and there is no “Doubt” about their ability to produce seriously catchy and clever songs.