Delorentos - You Can Make Sound
You Can Make Sound, Dublin four-piece Delorentos’ debut UK album, almost never existed; after gaining early Irish chart-topping success with their first album In Love With Detail, the band hit the dreaded creative wall and their singer Ronan Yourell walked out. The rest of the band continued to record material for the new album and it was this material which re-ignited Ronan’s excitement for music and he subsequently returned. It is the kind of situation that the phrase ‘difficult second album’ was developed for but it’s hard to see what Ronan saw in the new material to persuade him to come back: You Can Make Sound is at best a listenable but generic indie album and, at worst, a bland indie album.
The fact that the album slips into such mediocrity is disappointing as it has a very promising start with all of the opening three tracks being strong, melodic indie pop pieces. Delorentos definitely know how to create a catchy riff, especially so with the chorus of recent single ‘S.E.C.R.E.T’ which you’ll find yourself hearing long after the track finishes. ‘Hallucinations’ is one of the darkest tracks on the album and carries with it vibes of early Bloc Party but doesn’t suffer from the comparisons, even if the lyrics aren’t up to much – “This was an accident / This was accidental”.
Unfortunately, the album falls into a steady downward spiral from ‘Hallucinations’ with the band not showcasing enough variety to makeYou Can Make Sound a standout album. Tempos are changed but the tracks never end up sounding all that different with too much focus on a safe structure. One of the worst offenders of this is ‘Let The Light Go Out’ which is one of the slowest tracks on the album and Delorentos’ attempt at a soaring ballad but it never builds up to that level with the track just being the standard verse-chorus-verse with none of the parts really standing out; all that’s changed is that the guitars and Ronan’s vocals are softer.
‘Body Cold’ is the only track in the latter part of the album shines out and briefly stops the slide into one-note indie rock, reigniting the belief that Delorentos can craft a memorable riff. It brings back the spiky guitars from the opening tracks and while still not pushing musical boundaries, it at least grabs the attention and wouldn't be skipped on repeat listens of the album. However, it still highlights another main issue with the album in that the lyrics really aren’t all that special and if the music isn’t captivating the listener, then you really need the song writing to shine through and it barely rises to the occasion.
It’s surprising that Delorentos don’t seem to have much to say given the history behind this album other than typical unrequited love tracks like ‘You Say That You’ll Never Love Her’ and bland attempts at inspiring tracks like the title track ‘You Can Make Sound’. The sombre album closer ‘I Remember’ goes a bit of the way to remedy this problem with clear nods to the troubled history of the album – “Put yourself into my place / Please forgive me my mistakes” – but it’s too late to forgive the otherwise dull story telling of the rest of the album.
You Can Make Sound is by no means a terrible album, it’s just a very generic album barring a select few tracks that showcase Delorentos at their best as a catchy indie rock band. The band just play it a bit too safe to make the album a memorable listen but hopefully with less distractions affecting them if they make a third album, they can develop on their strengths and make sound that everyone will want to listen to.