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Delft – S/t EP

April 1, 2006

Band Name: Delft
Album Name: S/t EP
Best Element: Lush, organic, revelatory songwriting
Genre: Indie-rock
Website: www.delftband.addr.com/
Label Name: N/a (this is a crime)
Band E-mail: delftband’yahoo.com

Delft have adopted a sea turtle as their mascot, and made the sea their motif. I can’t think of a better thing to represent their sound than the sea. Even when the band is playing quickly, as they do often, their indie-rock sound seems filtered through a dreamy sieve that gives it a thick, fluid, underwater feel. Part of this is due to the fact that the band’s chemistry is so intense that I wouldn’t be surprised if they hit wrong notes together, but it is also due to the subdued tones of the instruments.

Yes, Delft is light on the distortion, preferring a much more full-bodied, melodic sound. Even though they have two guitars, a bass, drums, and keys, they never let their sound get cluttered or frenetic. The main idea always comes through solidly, and the rest of the instruments act merely as supporters of the main idea, as is evidenced by the beautiful “Weather Report,” where they start out in full band mode before paring it down to simply the piano line and vocals. The piano gives way to a guitar section, where the rest of the band supports the guitar line that is slowly taking precedence. This completely collective songwriting style gives Delft’s songs an amazing clarity unmatched by many who have ‘made it’ in the indie world.

These songs are extremely beautiful, but they also have the power to rock out, as “Weather Report” does about 5 minutes in. The guitars kick in the overdrive (still not too much, mind you) the drums stomp, and the vocals soar over the passionate thunder. It’s the kind of moment that must be simply rapturous in concert.

The drums contribute a great deal to the clarity of Delft’s sound- in an unconventional move, they contribute a great deal of energy to Delft’s sound without a great amount of noise. The abundant snare, closed high hat, and toms don’t muddy the sound like a great deal of cymbals would, and even when there is a consistent cymbal (as occurs in the middle of “Take”), the mixing is so expertly done that it doesn’t interfere with excellent bass lines or shifty guitar parts.

In the end, Delft is one of those bands that has such amazing songs that I feel dumb trying to explain them in words. Just listen to the stuff- it’s amazing. If you’re a fan of complex, unique, melancholic, beautiful, emotional music, then Delft is your band. Probably my best find of the year so far- now if they could only release a proper album….

-Stephen Carradini

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