Upon hearing album opener "Stay Close" a few weeks back via Pitchfork, I decided that this was the song for my summer 2010. Its perfect blend of trance-like rhythm and reverberated sun-drenched vocals amounted to a song for all occasions: it's a driving song, a party song, and it's great to just chill out to.
Of course, perfection is hard to sustain over 9 tracks, and not every moment of Subiza hits the blissful heights of "Stay Close", but the album does manage to maintain its hazy, nostalgic feel throughout. Delorean are at their most successful when they provide doses of dance and pop in equal measure (though the outcome rarely sounds like either); "Simple Graces" somehow manages to sound like Michael Jackson dragged through an illegal rave on a beach at sunset AND sound great.
A distinctive aspect about the glo-fi/chillwave movement is the heavily reverberated vocals, which are executed well by singer Ekhi Lopetegi, but can often obscure each track's sentiment, as lyrics become increasingly difficult to discern. Subiza is most definitely a "mood" album, as you would have to listen very closely to understand what each song is about, but the mood is an enjoyable one, and I would highly recommend this album. (You knew that though. That's why I gave it 4 stars.)