REVIEW: The Black Delta Movement – Preservation
Words: Nick Boldock
Featured Image: Syd Young
It feels like The Black Delta Movement have been around for ages now, and in relative terms, they have been (by Hull standards at any rate) – they’ve been developing their singular brand of psychedelic alt-rock since 2010. A string of fine single and EP releases have seen a real progression in the band’s sound and a growing maturity in terms of technicality and songwriting.
Those eight years (almost) of honing their craft have finally culminated in their long-awaited debut full-length release Preservation, which is released on March 30th on frontman Matt Burr’s own label Clubbed Thumb.
Opening track “Rome” teases with a Strokes-y opening riff, but any resemblance to jangly US indie is blown spectacularly out of the water after just ten seconds when the song explodes into a fuzz-drenched wall of guitars.
“Hunting Ground” continues in the same groove with oodles of reverb and a middle eight that’s almost industrially heavy. So far, so excellent.
Lead single “King Mosquito” channels the spirit of In Utero-era Nirvana with a chopping lead guitar reminiscent of the latter’s “Very Ape”. It’s already gaining plenty of radio airplay and it’s easy to hear why.
This is an album that’s chock full of cool-as-fuck reference points – BDM have always worn their influences on their sleeves and while their obvious aural comparisons are with the Jesus And Mary Chain (whom they’ve twice supported), Spacemen 3 and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, they are by no means, copyists – they’ve worked hard to cultivate their own signature sound and it’s that which shines throughout the album. This is, without a shadow of a doubt, a Black Delta Movement album.
“Ivory Shakes” is the heaviest track here – pounding rhythm guitar, pummelled drums and bloody hell, it’s even got a guitar solo. That leads nicely into “For You”, the one relatively mellow track on the album, which is well placed – it gives you a pleasant breather before the final two tracks take you, gloriously (and loudly), to the finish line.
“No End” is all tribal drums, Stooges guitars and shoegaze vocals, before the album closes in fine style with the psychedelic epic which clocks in at almost eight minutes long. It’s an absolute gem of a track which should be played loud enough to blow your speakers up.
Without wishing to descend into predictable hyperbole, this really is an astonishingly fine album. It’s a balanced set of songs, brilliantly crafted and played. The production is superb and there’s genuinely not a mediocre moment on it – we might only be a few months into the year, but it’s quite possible that the Black Delta Movement have just made the album of the year. It’s that good.
Head over to the BDM Bandcamp Page to buy the Vinyl, Disc & Digital formats: https://goo.gl/rniJE8