I do wonder when the Canadian duo of Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber get time to sleep? Over the course of the past 35 years, they have been almost continuously creating, releasing, and touring either as Front Line Assembly, Delerium, or a host of other side projects. Delerium's fifteenth album, 'Signs' continues their evolution from filmic, dark ambient and trance, to ethereal, downtempo songs featuring a range of guest singers (in this case Mimi Page, Phildel, Inna Walters and KANGA).
The majority of the tracks clock in at 8-10 minutes, giving plenty of scope for unhurried experimentation. With spacious production and the now familiar piano work, if Front Line Assembly is being beaten around the head with a steel pipe, Delirium is the nurse that bandages the wound and you end up falling in love with. If anything it falls into saccharine in places and as an album is probably a bit long and too much of a good thing. By the end I was starting to pine for that steel pipe again, but as an exquisitely crafted and yes, beautiful, piece of ethereal electronica it is hard to fault.
Signs will be released on March 10th, 2023
Alan Rider is a Norfolk based writer and electronic musician from Coventry, who splits his time between excavating his own musical past and feeding his growing band of hedgehogs, usually ending up combining the two. Alan also performs in Dark Electronic act Senestra and manages the indie label Adventures in Reality.
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