We’ve featured new music from Delay Trees for a few months now, but its time to fill in all the gaps by allowing you to venture off into blissful listen with a stream of Let Go in its entirety. But, stop now if you don’t love listening to really great pop music. There’s tons of touchstones on the album, from modern expansive pop tropes to the intimacy of joyfully solemn bedroom pop. Through it all, Let Go feels like the great Brit pop record that never got made; it’s the sort that walks the fine line between artistry and accessibility, filled with warm tones and melodies made to feel personal. Look for the new album as it drops this Friday via Soliti Music.
I’ve been reinvigorated by the pop music bug (I owe this to catching the Ocean Party last night), so it’s great that this new Delay Trees tune came into the old inbox. For me, this song is all about execution; you’ve got to take a simple formula and make it meaningful, which the band clearly does. It opens with vocals and a light guitar behind, then there’s a movement of elevation as the drums and keys join in to uplift the song, and listener. The chorus has this brilliant melody that’s intoxicating; it reminds me of early Travis (and that’s a compliment). This tune opens the band’s new album Let Go, which hits worldwide via Soliti on April 23rd.
I’m generally not one to buy into covers and what not, but here Soliti have put two of my favorite acts together: Delay Trees covering Cats on Fire. I love the fact that Delay Trees have been able to add a layer of brightness to the original, simply with a warmer vocal tone. It’s wonderful to hear band’s you adore cover their friends, all perfectly complimenting one another. This cover is featured on Soliti’s celebration of running the label for 5 years with their My Brain Hurts A Lot Comp, which features the label’s acts covering their labelmates. Enjoy your day folks.
Soliti Music in Finland always passes on the best hits to us from overseas, but I had no idea they had this beautiful new Delay Trees tune in wait. The group are readying their album Let Go for everyone, so why not give the world this track. It’s as if they were telling all the fans of soft power-pop, akin to Nada Surf, that all your dreams and wishes would be fulfilled. The melody here is spectacular, and the subdued vocals fit into the churning guitars in such a way that they seem to swirl inside your head. We’ll keep you posted on the release, but in the meantime, lose yourself in this delectable hump day treat.
It says a lot that this new single from 23:23 is my favorite track of the week, especially considering the great acts that have put out songs like Wildhoney and the Mantles. But, a great song cannot be overlooked, so I’m happily imploring you to fall in love with the new effort from the project of Delay Trees frontman, Rami. Earlier this year, Soliti released a record trilogy of Remi’s work, but now there’s a new EP, titled To Die on a Faraway Island with You. This single alone has this understated beauty, falling into the relaxed approach between Rami and friend Ringer Manner. This new EP will be released by Soliti on October 2nd, and it looks to be another brilliant piece of pop music.
This week Soliti releases the trilogy from 23:23, which is the side-project of Rami Vierula, the frontman of Delay Trees. I’ve really been captivated by the music in the three album, with Torero being my particular favorite…if I had to pick just one. There’s this interesting emotion that comes from the collection of songs; it’s like drifting, floating along to the space created by construction of the songs. There are some lo-fidelity bedroom tendencies, yet other moments burst forth with atmospheric noise; it all fits together, tying all the pieces together in perfect unison. There’s a new video available today, which should give you further introduction into the world of 23: 23.
In all the SXSW recovery process, I must have listened to close to 200 songs, but none of those have stuck with me, or inspired me to write a few shoddy words more than this new track from 23:23. There’s a lo-fidelity approach in the songwriting, but there’s this incredible pop sensibility that pervades, seeping through the cracks in the melodies, and the careful little touches like the repeated vocal after the 2 minute mark. It’s just one of many songs that’s been written by Rami Vierula, who also plays in Delay Trees; he’s composed three albums in the band’s downtime, so Soliti Music will be releasing all three as the 23:23 Album Trilogy…available May 8th.
When listening to the new effort from Delay Trees, their second effort for Soliti Music, the Finnish band are prepared to take you on a carefully constructed journey through their musical world. It’s often a cold and sterile world, but it offers an undercurrent of melody that eventually finds its way into your listening heart.
Readymade begins with an introductory piece of instrumentation, carefully placed as the opening moment to your journey with the band. From here, you fall into the realm of “Fireworks,” which utilize a circling guitar line that creates an ominous tune. While the mood crosses into a bleak arena, the natural warmth that’s left by the melody will find listeners stirring in their seats, drawn into the emotional nature of the track. These Finnish boys will soon move into a post-rock world of angular guitar chords and a brooding bass line with “Steady.” Here, the work of the group seems less focused on the development of the vocals, instead allowing the listener to be immersed in the land created by Delay Trees.
But, while the group does seem to have the map planned out for your listening experience, they also have a few tracks that really rise above the rest of the record. “Sister” is a calming track, sitting near the front end of the album; its pacing is rather slow, yet the vocal delivery is what you’ve got to focus on here. It draws you in close, coming across as a faint whisper in the stark environment crafted by the group; I’m particularly fond of the way the pitch rises ever so carefully. Then, of course, there’s the lead single, “Perfect Heartache.” You’ll find that the guitar parts really win out on this number, ringing at the beginning, then being fleshed out into softened distortion. There’s even a bit of swing created around the 2.30 minute mark, with “oohs” and a twanging guitar bit. You’d be remiss to skip out on this song. Following it up with “Howl” provides a nice emotional switch too. This track really has a brighter vocal quality that indicates the wide array of touches the band have put forth in crafting the record.
I loved the work of Delay Trees with their record, Doze, but I feel like this album is leaps and bounds above the former. Each song offers the listener something, and each one has its own identity, yet they’re all tightly wound together to create a cohesive listen. A writer could write about each track, and a listener could rave about each individual song. All these things lead to a rewarding sit down that will encourage fans to come back to Readymade again and again.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/06-Perfect-Heartache.mp3]
Download: Delay Trees – Perfect Heartache [MP3]
I’m in love with the modern genre that I’m going to dub casual-pop, or cas-pop for those who want to hype it up. It’s a genre focused on airy guitar work, warm melodies and occasional lo-fi tendencies…such as Real Estate or Twerps. The genre’s made its way over to Finland and Delay Trees. They’ve just offered up their first single as a teaser to Readymade, which is their new album; it’s slated for an early 2014 release via Soliti. I liked their last album, but if they keep writing such incredibly well-crafted tunes like the one below, then I’ll surely declare my love when it hits the streets.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/06-Perfect-Heartache.mp3]
Download: Delay Trees – Perfect Heartache [MP3]
When I first got hold of the new album from Finland’s Delay Trees, I focused on the most recent single, “Hml,” which might have left me a bit misguided. That track carries with it a certain resemblance to ambling pop music of the day, but the rest of Doze is a slumbering beast of down-tempo melodies and beautiful tapestry.
“Decide” opens the record, and from the minute you press play, you begin to lose yourself. Your speakers have a slight rattle, guitar chords are picked so delicately that they seem to float in the air, and Rami’s vocals drift eloquently in the far off distance. On this statement track alone, Delay Trees aims to take you on a journey, musically speaking, carrying you on the wings of their harmonies into a distant land of pop resilience. This is when the album begins to really take off, pushing your emotional state beyond recognition, into a hazy world of bliss and relaxation.
The pacing of “Dream Surfer” is, again, rather slow, but it allows for a building sensation created by the vocal and the guitars, which creatively begin to ring brightly around the 2.5 minute mark, only to soften into the distance. And on comes “Hml,” a track that encourages both thought and toe-tapping; it’s a song that accomplishes that rare feat of contemplation and energy. For me, this is definitely the standout of Doze, though it might come a bit too early for some listeners. The elegant harmony of the vocals drew me immediately, both in their effortlessness and shifting of pitch. If you do anything, let your mind drift away with this tune immediately.
Delay Trees provide you with a touch of respite, offering the instrumental “Glacier” before moving on towards their 8 minute opus, “Pause.” Trying to write about this track has proved fruitless through countless revisions. At times, I hear faint hints of a dream pop version of the Flaming Lips, yet other times I see myself traipsing through the snow-covered woods in Yellowstone…that is until an electronic pulse kicks in. Even with that throbbing, I’m still lost in the landscape of my own mind. But all is returned to normal during the following track, “Future,” which has the most pummeling rhythm of anything on Doze. It’s coated in a foggy haze, holding onto the group’s aesthetic tendencies, yet it’s the most rocking song, giving you just a glimmer of a group still looking to forge new ground.
Ultimately, however, the group is more comfortable having you drift away peacefully with them. “Only the Stars” is another long number set at the penultimate spot, encouraging more meandering of the mind, but your patience will be rewarded with a beautifully crafted tune yet again, so stay tuned. It just illustrates that Doze is an album that requires full participation from the listener. Such records are not always immediately gratifying, and often turn the audience away, but those with time and care will find themselves lost in the marvel created for us by Delay Trees.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/03-HML.mp3]
Download:Delay Trees – HML [MP3]
Doze is out now via Soliti Music.