New music spotlight: Deltaphonic

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Published on: June 20th, 2017

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Deltaphonic at WWOZ. Photo by Carrie Booher.

See Red, the sophomore release by duo Deltaphonic , combines roots rock, outlaw country blues, and New Orleans funk for studio record that expands upon their signature sound. Andrew T. Weekes (guitars, vocals, bass) and Ciaran Brennan (drums, percussion, xylophone, vocals) are the backbone of Deltaphonic and, with the help of other various musicians, mainly vocalists, produce a surprisingly large sound for a duo. Released on April 16, See Red is a balanced record delivering fast, finger-picking driving blues tracks while also incorporating calm, more delicate tracks that stand out in the general hustle and bustle of this record.

See Red opens up with the title track which starts with this fast finger-picking blues riff and shuffling percussive beat that leads into a funky guitar solo showcasing the force and grit pent up within Weekes and Brennan. 'Supernatural’ slinks like a gator through the swamp with its gritty blues riff; an eerie and unsettling vocal delivery successfully capitalizes on the gritty, southern, country blues sound. Other highlights include some of the more calm, heartfelt tracks that balance out the fast-paced, bluesy, rock songs. ‘Too Late To Hang Me’ stands out, opening with a solitary slide guitar that leads slowly to Weekes and company vocally harmonizing that sounds reflective and inviting, while acting as a nice juxtaposition to the faster tracks on the album. ‘Black Magic’ is another groovy, gutsy blues song whose layered vocals, cheeky lyrics, and Weekes' scratchy, raucous voice are a good demonstration of Deltaphonic's ability to create meaningful sound with a stripped down arrangement.

See Red is a successful sophomore effort from Deltaphonic. By playing to the bands strengths of fast finger-picking guitar riffs, dynamic percussion, and strong lyrical imagery, See Red is full of energetic tracks juxtaposed against delicate, calm, pleasant compositions that are unique and help shape the band’s signature sound.

See Red is available on CD and mp3 from Deltaphonic’s Bandcamp, Louisiana Music Factory, Amazon, and Google Play.

 

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