Most people, or at least most drummers, are struck by the Delphines’ refashioning of the Victor DeLorenzo type minimalist drum kit. While some other bands (namely Animal Collective) have used a similar set-up, the style does seem to have a genuine Milwaukee suggestion. The band’s new release, Hush, was written as many of the band’s members were wrapping up graduate school undertakings.
“Screen Door” starts of with a verse of tribal drumbeats as well as a complex and reverberated guitar line. This changes to a chorus of haunting shredding. Eventually the song breaks down to the vocals, “Still as my heart/but my heart still can’t take” and ends in an exclamation. “Eat you Alive” at first sounds like it might be a rendition of “My Sharona” but adds a lofty melody to lead the listener astray. Then comes “Careless” which begins with a dysmorphic recording that handovers to strong rhythmic propulsion. Things get interesting as an angular lead guitar theme is interwoven. The song jumps ahead to a choppy lead with the lines “I couldn’t care less” interrupting it. It ends with a return to the main theme. “Little Viking” plays in a coruscating way with its gleaming principal guitar sequence.
All in all, the instrumentation on “Hush” is absorbing. That being said, the vocals are a bit difficult to decipher although this could be intentional. It is an above par effort from a promising Milwaukee group.