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Album Review

One of the most promising new British bands to emerge in 2009, Delphic made their eagerly awaited full-length debut the following year with Acolyte, an impressive alternative dance album that adds eight songs to the previously released singles "Counterpoint" and "This Momentary." Like those early singles, Acolyte finds the Manchester band making blissful dance music with fellow Englishman Ewan Pearson in his Berlin studio. While Delphic are new on the scene, Pearson isn't. He's an ace producer with a reputation for remixing the best in the business. He's a celebrated DJ with several mix albums to his name. Moreover, he's the producer of Tracey Thorn's solo albums. Here on Acolyte, Pearson works with a faceless young band eager to follow his lead. Delphic and Pearson embrace the Manchester style wholeheartedly, reviving not only New Order but acid house too, and they come up with a sound as contemporary as Bloc Party or Hot Chip. Even better, Delphic are an able live band. Part of their up-and-coming buzz came from their tour of the 2009 summer music festivals, when people got to see them performing on-stage in the flesh. No question about it, though, Delphic are at their best when they're in the studio with Pearson. His production wizardry is a joy to behold on Acolyte, above all on the title track, a nine-minute epic that wouldn't sound out of place on one of his DJ mix albums. In addition to "Counterpoint" and "This Momentary," highlights include a couple songs with catchy vocal hooks, "Doubt" and "Red Lights." The album unfortunately starts to drag with "Halcyon" at the album's five-track midpoint. "Counterpoint" is the only late-album highlight. Pearson's dazzling production carries the album only so far. The aforementioned handful of highlights are really amazing, though, making one wonder what the future holds for Delphic, if they stick with Pearson, who casts a tall shadow over them, or if they go in a direction of their own.

Customer Reviews

Dr Hash

Well this is great, if you like counterpoint the single you are going to LOVE this album, great electric beats, Doubt says heaps. Submission is easy and the vocals are smooth with more beats that are eighty's infused. Play it loud by yourself and enjoy the trip. A nice experience cheers and thank guys for the nice the treat.

Dolphins Indeed

First of all, "Acolyte" (The title track) is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, I was moved to tears by the end of it, and it's not substantially lyrical! This whole album is just one amazing track after the next, it's one of those great CD's where you find yourself unable to skip any tracks because they're all so great. I'm more of an electro-pop fan but the blend of soulful indie lyrics meshes seamlessly with the electronic magic-dust the guys sprinkle over each song. Standout tracks are "Submission", "Remain", "Halcyon" and "Acolyte" but if you don't buy the whole thing you're doing yourself a disservice. As a poster below said, we need more original music like this, so vote with your wallet kids.


An absolute amazing album! im new to indie/electro bands and this one was recomended to me so that I could get into this type of music...and it worked!! the peacefully sounds from "acolyte" and "halcyon" to the powerfull "doubt" and "this momentary" really blew me away.

I come from a background of listening to gangster rap, hip hop, rnb and some trance, but this is something different that I loved!! a definate must buy for first time indie/electro listeners!!


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Inspired by Factory Records, acid house, and the golden days of their Manchester, England hometown in the '80s, Delphic features guitarist Matt Cocksedge, multi-instrumentalist Richard Boardman, singer James Cook, and drummer Dan Therman, who plays at the band's shows. Prior to Delphic, Cocksedge and Boardman were in the guitar-driven indie band Snowfight in the City Centre, but when that group split, the pair wanted to make music people could dance to. They connected with Cook and, following in...
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