In a sentence:
Their second album in 18 months, ‘Beneath The Floors’ sees Canadian art-punks Deliluh getting even more confident in their lyrics and music.
Following closures of multiple concert venues in their home city of Toronto, Canadian punks Deliluh decided to fight back approach the live scene in their own way, and have been heavily praised for playing impromptu shows in DIY venues across the city and its surrounding suburbs, including the house the band lives in. After an EP release earlier this year in the shape of Oath Of Intent, Deliluh are back for their second full-length. This ten-track effort, titled Beneath The Floors, is a blend of garage punk and art rock with Kyle Knapp’s lo-fi vocals reminiscent of Julian Casablancas’ infamous laconic drawl, and raw instrumentation similar to DIIV. The overall mood of this album is dark – from the stark, monochrome cover art to the raw repetitive instrumentation, one can feel the emotions of melancholy and desolation.
Floors is full of
beautiful but dark moments. Lyrically, it touches on all sorts of stories and
feelings. Mid-album highlight ‘Master
Keys’ is about what seems to be a paranoid security guard. With lyrics “latch
is free, hounds asleep at the gate…”, Knapp leaves room for the listener’s imagination
to impress itself upon proceddings. Instrumentally, it’s also strikingly
beautiful, with lightly distorted guitars with a constant bassline and drumbeat
that builds over a few minutes and an ominous drone to close out the track
leaves for a very enjoyable listen. ‘Falcon Scott Trail’ is another
similarly gorgeous track worth mentioning, an ominous, cinematic instrumental featuring
string sections and saxophone recordings bleeding into one another over a
repetitive delayed guitar.
best is left for last, however, with the title track ‘Beneath The Floors’. Knapp
tells an odd story about finding comfort upon arrival at an old dilapidated
hotel room complete with a kitchenette full of scum-covered dishes. As he dives
deeper into this story the instruments get heavier, reaching an emotional
climax that slowly fades away until a cut-off silence. It brings to an end an
impressive sophomore effort for Deliluh, a band growing lyrically and musically
more confident with each release. (8/10) (Adam Collings)
Listen to Beneath The Floors by Deliluh here via Spotify, and tell us what you think below!
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