Delphic - Acolyte
Why Delphic fell behind Ellie Goulding and Marina and the Diamonds in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll is rather puzzling. Acolyte is unlikely to be the most original debut album of the year, but I suspect it’s likely to be one of the most pleasing. At least to New Order fans, particularly New Order fans frustrated by that band’s increasingly flat reunion albums and side projects. Across the ten tracks here, Delphic and acclaimed dance producer Ewan Pearson combine guitars and electronics in varying ratio. 'Doubt' and 'This Momentary' are ‘indie’ enough to satisfy followers of Bloc Party and Friendly Fires (although the latter has a euphoric breakdown that I doubt will be trumped on even a straight dance record this year). Most impressive perhaps are the epic balls-out electronic numbers. The title track sparkles in a similar manner to The Chemical Brothers' 'Star Guitar', while 'Counterpoint' is what you’d get if you sped up Orbital’s 'Belfast' and piled on both guitar by The Edge and a big sing-a-long chorus. "Just tell me nothing's..." Really, it's the sort of track that will have blokes hugging blokes. There ain't nothing here that hasn't been done before, but when was the last time it was done so well?