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Acolyte [VINYL] [Import]

Delphic Vinyl
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In a world of indie bands dipping a cautious toe into dance music’s occasionally baffling computer world, Delphic are post-dance futurist nostalgics from Manchester who have managed to take repetitive beats and crisp electronics out of the underground to emerge as one of the UK’s most exciting new bands. Their debut record, Acolyte, will see its long awaited US release on June ... Read more in Amazon's Delphic Store

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  • Vinyl (29 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cooperative
  • ASIN: B00303WRM8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Having already been tipped for success by several end-of-year industry polls, big things are almost a given for Manchester’s Delphic.

When also considering the excellence of their two previous singles (Counterpoint and This Monetary) and their auspicious live reputation, Acolyte would have been a disappointment if it wasn’t, at the very least, a solid indie-dance album.

The quality of Delphic’s debut, then, is not a surprise. What is unusual is the clearly audible focus and intent. With the help of talented producer Ewan Pearson they’ve realised their own vision with clarity and force.

As a centrepiece, the title-track takes some beating. A glacial intro, as sad as a lover packing to leave for good, is followed by bruising Berlin techno, which the boys no doubt checked out while recording in the German capital. The song also has a driving trance feel, seemingly stolen from Sander Kleinenberg’s 2000 classic, My Lexicon.

Of the two early singles, inaugural release Counterpoint is two parts The Beloved’s Sweet Harmony to one part Bloc Party’s So Here We Are. A tender, if non-specific, vocal from James Cook suggests a broken relationship; but he’s on the way to pragmatic acceptance rather than whining.

This Momentary is even better and sees Matt Cocksedge contribute skeletal guitar motifs reminiscent of The xx and Cook vocally evoke Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor. There are lush harmonies and Underworld-style synth and beat combos, too. Fans of Melbourne’s Cut Copy will be appreciative.

New Order are the Mancunian rave-rock elephant in the room and Delphic have obviously studied copies of Technique and Brotherhood in detail. But when third single Doubt is as affecting as a post-Klaxons Regret, that’s no bad thing.

On an album of great consistency, Red Lights is another winner. An iridescent, dilated-pupil anthem-in-waiting, it should attract a raft of remixers from across the dance music spectrum.

There was some pressure on Delphic to deliver and they have. From a palette of familiar reference points, they’ve created a fresh, vital sound that could prove to be the basis of an impressive career. Barney and Hooky will exchange knowing glances when they hear it, but Acolyte might just be the first great album of 2010. --Lou Thomas

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Delphic are Rick Boardman, Matt Cocksedge and James Cook, young men from Manchester who combine guitar, bass and vocals with their laptops and drummer Dan Hadley. The four-piece straddle the indie and dance genres and count Chemical Brother Tom Rowlands as a fan. Includes the 2009 single "Counterpoint".

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crisp, Intriguing and Highly Enjoyable 11 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
The recent resurgence of electronic music has been an interesting one to observe. It has manifested itself in a variety of forms. Initially a few years ago there were artists like Klaxons, Shiny Toy Guns and CSS who balanced the use of guitars, synths and various effects and samples. Then more recently Friendly Fires and Late of the Pier continued the trend before it was overtaken by a plethora of female vocalists to varrying degrees of success. Now though Delphic are taking it back for the bands.

Their debut album, `Acolyte', has been heralded as "the first great album of the decade" and has been compared to early New Order. I am as of yet unconvinced by both of these statements, but it is none the less a good offering. The whole album does run on an almost constant high from start to finish with glittering synths and crisp vocal harmonies. But if you peel off this glossy pop film there is actually something quite interesting underneath. They haven't just confined themselves to making radio friendly chart fillers that could have been oh so simple. Instead there is more focus on the actual music that drives the whole the beast. `Red Lights' and the title track are both prime examples of this where the clicking and bouncing rhythms take centre stage for much of the track and the vocals are used more as an instrument. Obviously there are also moments of pure pop with tracks like `Doubt' but because of the quality of the music underneath these also stand up to scrutiny.

Delphic then have produced an intriguing album with many very nice moments of both pop, and intelligent dance. It is well worth a listen as gems can be found within.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Focused Euphoria 13 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Too much has been made of Delphic's supposed debt to New Order . Sure their are echoes, but which British dance act of the past ten years hasn't been influenced by our most criminally under rated dance band? On 'Acolyte' Delphic show that they've got much more to offer than mere pastiche. Their debut rattles, shakes and pulsates to its own internal logic. Played loud it's a party on its own, played quiet it has the depth and subtely to keep bringing you back time and again. There's a real emotional pull to songs such as 'Submission' and the more upbeat songs like 'Acolyte' and 'This Momentary' get you on your feet.

Get yourself a big PA system, flick on the lasers and lose yourself in the euphoria.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best i've heard for a while 11 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Honestly, Delphic are one of the greatest bands i've had the pleasure of listening to for a while now. I bought the album because of the single 'Doubt', which really is a cut above all the singles out there at the moment. But listening to their other tracks proves their not just a one hit wonder.

The track 'Acolyte' is a superb piece of well crafted music. For nearly nine minutes long you would think it would be repetitive and somewhat boring to the ears, but with its mix of electronic beats and lack of lyrics, it is music in its raw and pure form.

The tracks 'Counterpoint' and 'Submission' are also fantastic. If you're wondering whether or not to buy this album, think no more for it is really worth a listen and you will not regret it. Delphic are going to make 2010.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but expected something more 29 Jan 2010
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The chances are most people have bought this album on the strength of singles Doubt, Counterpoint and This Momentary. The albums good, but some of the songs around these three feel like filler. Submission for example, is just begging to be released as a single. The minute I heard it on the radio I liked it, though I didn't expect it to be Delphic, and to be honest when I found out it was Delphic I was a bit disappointed - it could in all honesty be any other band, and isn't consistent with the totally unique nature of the previous Delphic singles, or in fact the rest of the album. It's a good album, though calling it album of the year is a tad premature, and if nothing better arises in the next 11 months, 2010 will have been a distinctly average year for British music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult not to love... 1 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In a musical world where electronic guitary music seems to merge one song/band into the next, it's refreshingly and genuinely different from anything of the last couple of years. Thoroughly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars present for a friend 21 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
not knowing anything about thisd group it was bought for a friend. Got here within a few days excellent value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird & Wonderful 24 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
Sometime around 2010, flicking through music channels, MTV2 (now MTVROCKS) played the music video for Delphic's second single 'Doubt'. The video was just plain weird - a few models with odd origami shaped body protrusions and finishing like something from the eighties, with all sorts of fancy colourful lighting and dodgey effects. Delphic would also go onto release 'Halcyon' with an equally strange video of numerous robed women posing about on a mountainside as hail rains down, along with a re-release of 'Counterpoint'. Perhaps prematurely or unfairly billed as a most promising newcomer in 2010, Delphic go all out with a multi-genre, classy debut.

The introduction of Delphic is as you'd expect - strangely etherial sounding with ghostly vocals, a ringing guitar and numerous clicks and synth effects combining into an explosive first track called 'Clarion Call'. The music constantly builds up with resolute vocals, cut off by a visceral guitar solo - the impression so far is short and sweet. Then comes the most well known track 'Doubt' with a vowel muddled vocal intro and stop-start drum loops. "All thats left for you is doubt" lead singer and bassist James cook tells us, backed up by his fellow bandmates, the chorus rings out in your ears as one of the most catchiest songs on the album, which also features another heavenly harmonious guitar solo from Matt Cocksedge. The song goes past like a twitchy blur after a lot of super fast, fuzzy special effects and echoed guitar samples, that blend in like spatters of rain against the harsh computerised percussion. Things get bassy and techno in 3rd track 'This Momentary' as it all gets a bit repetitive saying "Lets do something real" followed by a few ooh's and ahh's, then a remixed version of the lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Someone lent me this a few years ago and I ...
Someone lent me this a few years ago and I thought it was a fabulous album. It reminded me of a modern New Order and there's some really decent tracks on there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neil McC
5.0 out of 5 stars The modern day new order dephic superb !
They take the music from kraftwerk and the
German electronic sound , that plant rock hip
Hop styled !
Great live experience I hear !
Band to manage ha!
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by Attention to detail
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
i heard Delphic on Jools Holland so bought this cd its been on my ipod ever since its awesome buy it now
Published on 1 Dec 2010 by Mr. J. Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars One overlooked influence is Orbital
I thought it had to be said. One track is very close to that band's 'Belfast' I think. After two rather promosing singles, the Delphic album itself is good (and better than, say,... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2010 by Stan FREDO
5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt the best album of 2010 so far
I stumbled across Delphic weeks ago after good reviews both from customer and critic alike, and I haven't been disappointed. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2010 by P. Garnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Electro Euphoria down to a Fine Art.
Delphic are a relatively new band on the music scene, hailing from Greater Manchester they storm the charts with what can only be described and pure euphoric electronica with... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2010 by I. Sidhu
5.0 out of 5 stars A FULL Album
In the past I've bought albums because I liked a few of their songs and have been disappointed with the rest of the album before. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2010 by V. Fry
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but familiar
This is New Order with shinier production. But I like New Order and this is a good album.
Published on 15 Mar 2010 by Jase
4.0 out of 5 stars Del Phonics Mancs are back in town
Most of the reviews i read about this album mention New order as main influence.

This album echoes distant flashes of the manc band but i don't think these are their... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2010 by P. M. Neves
4.0 out of 5 stars electro yearning - very mancunian!
love the synths and the melancholy / melody - and of course it is reminiscent of new order! but it is not 100% derivative either. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2010 by Mr. N. Batra
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