On first listen to “Acolyte” it was an amazing journey of indie and dance. A dense but sharply-focussed amalgamation of sparkling synths, dance-friendly rhythms and intelligently constructed vocal melodies and harmonies.
Before I dive in and look at the tracks I will start with an overall view of this fine piece of very well executed music. Delphic have developed a distinct and original sound that genuinely is a blend of indie and dance. It’s a sound that’s almost ruthlessly efficient and faceless, and almost risks being difficult for some to connect with. There are many real moments of promise here, not least when they let go of their inhibitions with the incredibly layered album closer “Remain”. But for me it is their vocalist that gives the songs urgency and life that lift “Acolyte” to being very good; for every wave of synth, there’s a lyric loaded with warmth and spirit.