Synth/rock is a difficult genre to peg down – not quite as aggressive as the harsh clang of industrial, but just a bit edgier than the run-of-the-mill synthpop, few bands are able to successfully achieve the proper balance of pop sensibility and a gritty rock vibe. Canada’s Delica-M has been striving for this balance for well over a decade, appearing in numerous music festivals and exhibiting music videos across various film festival screenings, and now culminating in the band’s latest album, The Edge of Reach.
With a punchy bass line that immediately recalls the latter-day sounds of Depeche Mode, and then offset by reverberating staccato guitar stabs, “Life in Pictures” starts the album off in decidedly fine form. Herm’s voice is as somber as it is saccharine, singing in a mellow but sharp tone that gives the song the right amount of attitude without sacrificing its decidedly synthpop flair. Much of the album follows suit, with “Mean Something” adding some metallic sounds and screaming synths and guitars that augment the song’s slow but guttural groove, while “Trouble with Me” grinds and pulsates with dance floor stomping energy, the chugs of guitars complementing the fluid synths quite nicely. “Erase Me” is a much bouncier but very tuneful track, the distorted melody creating a dirty but sensual atmosphere that only serves to energize the emotive vocals, which reach a lovely pinnacle in the chorus of “Five Seconds.”
Overall, The Edge of Reach is a tightly knit display of synth/rock that demonstrates Delica-M’s harmonious power, approaching the songwriting modes of old while keeping things firmly grounded in the present. The production is not quite as polished as one would expect, keeping the music just a little rough around the edges in a manner that actually benefits the band’s rockier aspects without sacrificing the pop accessibility. Fans of the new breed of synthpop along the lines of Twitch the Ripper will certainly enjoy Delica-M’s evolution toward a better balanced form of synth/rock on The Edge of Reach.
Delica-M Website http://www.delicamusic.com
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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)