Monday, September 21, 2015

Indie Music: Delta Deep

by Germar Derron

As I expected, this is just unfair. The rock super groups, regardless of genres or members, always demonstrate why they are the best of the best. The album may never top a chart (although it did debut at #2 on the iTunes' blues chart), but no one will deny the talent. It's like when criminal shows, on the same network, crossover for a week. No one wins an Emmy, but everyone watches and bad guys go down with epic style.

I listened primarily on my Lenovo laptop speakers, and every track still sounded huge. The guitars feel more than they sound. It feels like a wet warmth rubbing against a smooth rounded warmth. It's a sticky sweet that isn't annoying. The cymbals feel similar--like they might sweat a cold fruit-flavored water.  You'd cut your tongue trying to get a taste, but you'd still enjoy it and go back for seconds.

The vocals cut consistently raw--rough. They sound like that feeling when you can't sing, but you try to and your throat hurts, your voice cracks, and you taste metal with every shouted syllable. But somehow Delta Deep sounds at ease and pitch perfect. That's experience.

The tracks connect through a consistent feel and sound, even though a few different genres take lead. Easily, I count rock, blues, and somewhat surprisingly pop.

Most importantly it's a super diverse group, with a socially conscious message, at a time that we really need it.

You probably already know that this is a Phil Collen project. Beyond the Def Leppard influence and representation (including a Joe Elliot appearance), Delta Deep offers tastes of Stone Temple Pilots, TLC, India.Arie, Sex Pistols, Whitesnake, soul, and R&B. It's just unfair.


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