Delorentos – “Night Becomes Light” – Review
The fabulous, Dublin-based foursome, Delorentos are back with another brilliant new album, “Night Becomes Light”. This comes a year after winning a Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the year for their critically acclaimed album, “Little Sparks”. If you’re not familiar with the boys, then you may know them from the AIB adverts where their beautiful track, “Petardu” is played in the background. My Facebook was alight with people asking what the song was. I’m pretty sure a bank had never received such a positive response on social media before. The other interesting quirk about the band is the fact that they are a group comprised of four singer-songwriters, no one is the predominant leader of the band, and instead, they spread out their noted talent across their albums, making for a lyrically impressive, a vocally diverse sound throughout the album. Returning to Portrane in Dublin on the euphoria of such a successful last album, the boys set about building upon their musical success, their progress has always been about incremental improvement, accepting the potential that lies before them and reaching for it. In one of their wisest moves to date, the lads returned to the studio, accompanied by producer Rob Kirwan, who had oversaw “Little Sparks”. Delorentos clearly realise the efficacy of with their tried and tested process of crafting and grafting until the best songs were born. What started out as a few cue cards across a notice board has now emerged as one of their best albums to date. “Night Becomes Light” will be released on the 10th of this month and will be the fifth title under the bands’ belt, and with no signs of letting up on the pure musical gold, this could be their best yet. “Night Becomes Light” features the electrifying single ‘Show Me Love’.
The release of “Show Me Love” set the tone for this album, it’s receiving continuous play throughout bars and music stations, and I even find myself singing it in the shower, which is the best indicator of its brilliance. However, in all seriousness, the vocals just have this sort of sonorous quality to them and the guitar and drums perfectly sync up to make it one of the catchiest songs this year. They’ve clearly used this year to build upon their singing skills and its glaringly obvious in this track; they markedly remind one of the importance of home-grown talent. Never ones to rest on their laurels, they’ve also sought to use this album to further expand upon their sound, “Home Again” has the perfect mellowed out quality that signifies the band aren’t just giddy indie-rockers; they’re dedicated to crafting songs that tug on their old heartstrings. The pared back sound of the track makes it a sort of whimsical love song, but without all the cloying gooeyness of a typical love ballad. “Six Months to the Day” acts as a sort of emotional release on the album, the slowed down manner of the track allows one to focus exactly on the vocals, the strong emotional undertone in the track just really catches the ear. The band has definitely grown with a significant development on the themes of their music.
However, Delorentos seem to realise the importance of finding the perfect musical balance between tried and tested, and pushing the boundaries of sound. “Forget the Numbers” and “Everybody Else Gets Wet” have that same kind of foot-tapping quality that was found on their 2009 release, “Secret”. They’re both quite upbeat jams that highlights their roots in the indie rock genre, quite a catchy little tune focused on a carpe diem mind-set, which is always a winning perspective in my book. There’s a hopeful glimmer in their music that makes them ever more endearing, the greater prominence of the drums also makes both tracks adds to their resonance. “Too late” almost has an early U2 quality, you know, before they went and invaded everyone’s iTunes library. The guitar riffs in this are just a musical delight, and again, the band have a very distinct and focused vocal impact. Their lyrics have taken on a much more motivated nature, the band have clearly realised the importance of making an album that is musical gold with every single track. Similarly, “Valley Where the River Runs” has an acoustic quality to it that makes it the perfect easy-listening on a Sunday evening, one that progresses in to a sentimentally charged sound that just builds and builds. The harmonies on this track in particular, make it one of the best tracks in an already brilliant album.
It’s good to see Delorentos paying homage to the town that helped to shape them with the closing track on the album being “Dublin Love Song”. Another catchy, emotionally pumped track, it’s a wonder that these guys aren’t bigger. The clash of cymbals and drum that seems most prominent in this track just has an infectious quality to it, and the decision to share the vocal responsibilities is shown to be so important. Combining their charismatic sound whilst articulating how they are product of their environment; it’s clear this album is a reflection of them growing into their sound, the surroundings, and themselves. Musicians by vocation and occupation, one of Delorentos’ best assets is the intuition with which they interact with one another. Those idiosyncrasies make this band what it is, firmly rooted in the unspoken ties that bind; collaboration, mutual respect, and the art of pushing things forward.
Review by Elaine McDonald