Thursday, February 11, 2010
On Repeat: The Delta Mirror
Despite the nu-metal inspired album art, Los Angeles' The Delta Mirror are a pretty tame affair, or at least they start out that way. On 'He Was Worse Than The Needle He Gave You', the opening shoegazy bars swirl like an Explosions in the Sky song, but the red herring is complete when an 8-bit scratchy drumbeat joins the party. From here the song graduates from an ambient snooze to a glitchy lullaby, complete with uncanny Interpol-inspired vocals that drip with pained indifference. The song bounces around in the margins of lo-fi electronica, layering harmonies and frantic synths, but is smart enough to pull the plug before things get too muddled. I'm curious to find out which direction the rest of the album leans. Machines That Listen is out March 16th on Lefse Records.