What is to be said about an album that perfectly satisfies exactly why you love music? Running WLFY for three years now, Hank and I have tried to listen to four-five albums a day, juggle suggestions from friends/fellow bloggers, and dig through endless singles to bring our readers what we consider to be a match for our specific taste. Recently my brother Nick (who runs the Brooklyn Vegan of Louisville music called Backseat Sandbar) was dropped off a vinyl from a local band called The Deloreans. I was in the middle of watching a movie and was pissed off when we had to stop the flick to play the record. After the first two tracks, I sat in the living room stunned...this is what I've been looking for in music. At the end of the night, Nick and I had played the record seven times, flip and needle drop over and over. I'll try my best to describe the sound, influences, all the standard blogger writing...but I really want you to listen to the opening two tracks that are provided at the end of the post.
My immediate comparison is Morning Benders meets Bobby Vinton with an infusion of 70's punk in moments. The A side keeps to the first comparison, but once you flip the record, there are moments of Titus Andronicus, the Wizard Of Oz Soundtrack, and the whole record sounds like it was recorded by the genius Joe Meek (Opening track has a nice "Telstar" moment). Currently there is this trend of bands who are making music not defined by a single decade. Cults, Tennis, Destroyer's new record, Twin Sister, Ariel Pink, and many more are taking little qualities of the 60's, 70's, 80's and infusing them in such a way that the sound becomes their own. While I love most of the bands listed above, nobody has a better handle on this timeless way of creating music than The Deloreans. Their knowledge of music and the sonic qualities of each of these decades has been so carefully examined and strategically manipulated on "American Craze" that the sound is familiar yet nothing you've heard before. I could talk for hours about my love for this record and I will on my full review that I plan to release near their album release date (Jan 18th), but for now, check out the opening tracks of the album.
I hope you enjoy, listen to the tracks on headphones or a good system...while you listen I'm going to spin "Buffalo" over and over.
The Deloreans - "American Craze" (Release Date Jan 18th, 2011) (LP and CD pre-order HERE)