Delays - Faded Seaside Glamour

Soft vocals from the higher registers, warm guitars with just a hint of crunch, and little hints of something from each decade of contemporary music combines to create the sound of Delays.

The mix of melancholy and hopeful means that the comparisons to Radiohead must be tempered by equal measures of references to The La’s.

‘Wanderlust’ opens the record with some ambient steel drums and incredibly high vocals. The tune has a laid back dreamy feel that makes you feel like you are laying back on a sofa with sunlight creeping through gaps in the curtains. The slightly poppier ‘Nearer Than Heaven’ has the sound of the sixties everywhere from the drums to the harmonies in the chorus.

‘Long Time Coming’ contains an outstanding melody, with the vocals dropping down a fair bit and introducing a slightly ruffled edge. The first three tracks chart an evolution that allows an amount of continuity between the songs whilst gradually moving the sound in a different direction.

This is continued with ‘Bedroom Scene’, which leaves the vocals in the same range as the previous number, but adds in some variation on guitar, which has a Mike and the Mechanics feel with palm muted chords during the verse and some U2 style riffs in the chorus.

‘No Ending’ slows things down with some subtle drums similar The Cure’s ‘Jupiter Crash’. The vocals keep it lively and the guitar goes on little relaxed runs that fit perfectly into the mood of the song.

The whole album manages to keep the theme going with each song either fitting within Delays slightly janglier sections, like ‘You Wear the Sun’ and ‘Hey Girl’, or into the slighly more introspective style of ‘There’s Water Here’, or stiking out in it’s own direction like ‘Stay Where You Are’, which is the most individual track on the album.

The instant attraction of the melodic songs will inevitably lead people to discover the less obvious moments that Delays have to offer and punters after a record to replace the gap in their collection that was created when they got tired of Franz Ferdinand will find that the Delays will sit there a lot longer and make more jouneys to the hi-fi cabinet.

Steve Fenton was Editor in Chief for The Mag and also wrote for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues across the country alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.