It is hard to ignore the elephant that takes over the room while listening to Manchester’s new chosen sons Delphic. They are a four-piece hailing from the same city as New Order and it is obvious that they have heard at least one song by the electronic pioneers. They share many features, but what they lack in originality, they more than make up for in sheer musical euphoria.
And euphoria is a word that you will hear associated with Delphic more than with any other band this year. But that does not mean it is ill-deserved. Acolyte is a pulsating blast of a beast that would leave even the most manic of depressives jumping in the air and wondering why this was not the very first recommendation by their doctor.
But medical revolution aside, what does Delphic offer the mere music fan who has already heard of New Order? Having already come third in the BBC Sound Of 2010 poll, the hype machine may well go into overdrive before spitting them out.
Produced by Ewan Pearson- primarily a dance/electronic remix marvel who has worked with Gwen Stefani among many more- Acolyte creates an atmosphere that you do not get on listening to other new bands. This is an lp that is difficult to turn off or ignore. Even if you manage to press the pause button, the song will have eked into your memory and be stored alongside information as indispensible as how to breathe and the value of pi.
Lyrically Acolyte fails to challenge the throne of Arctic Monkeys, but dance music has never been known for its ingenuity when it comes to the words. Writing something that doesn’t sound stupid and which can be repeated multiple times seems to be the mantra employed. If one were to look at one of the best (indie) dance albums of recent times, Panda bear’s Person Pitch is adept at the repetition required to turn a simple dance song into an adrenaline feeling that you need over and over again. British (indie) dance music has been rejuvenated as of late with those emotion-on-sleeve types Hot Chip and dancing enthusiasts Friendly Fires enjoying much love. Both have been tapped for Delphic’s début. Red Lights could easily have been included on the latter’s Mercury nominated effort. Somehow though, one cannot imagine the Dephic boys fitting into tight white jeans and heading to Rio to dance at the carnival.
Doubt, This Momentary and Counterpoint are already known to the public but with the release of the album, the bands musical capability will win them alot more dance fans returning home on a Saturday night. The near nine minute instrumental title track is a masterclass in pacing and playing with sounds.
Halycon, meanwhile asks for ‘’something I can believe in’, while revelling in the type of noise that Bernard Sumner wishes he could still make.
And perhaps that is the argument that will make the elephant leave the room in tears: this is not New Order parodied or plagiarised. Rather it is New Order updated for the 21st century. Once more their music is relevant and reflects the new bands who are indebted to them: Hot Chip, Animal Collective, Friendly Fires and Delphic. Acolyte has the feeling of a slow burn winner. Though there are numerous moments of brilliance here, one feels that it needs to be given the chance to breathe and become loved rather than shoved down people’s throats in the January lists before being forgotten about in February in favour of a band who sound like Bad Lieutenant updated for the Twittering masses. Indeed, their trajectory could be similar to Friendly Fires last year: it took them until August to win around a mass of fans. Delphic deserve to at least match those achievement. A potential headling slot at the dance stage or new bands’ stage of Glastonbury should see them reach the dizzying heights and euphoric moments that they dream of on their début.

Delphic – Counterpoint