It is commonly acknowledged that the evolution of musical ‘genre’ is a case of swings’n’roundabouts. Trends and genres fluctuate in popularity throughout decades. Yet all eventually re-emerge in the metaphorical ‘sheep in different clothing’.
The late ’70s love for the psychedelic and the ’80s desire for garage music are not excluded.
Coming from the iconic Irish owned Ruby Music label is the ‘Ghost Dance EP’ by Hull-based neo-psychedelic band The Black Delta Movement. Unfortunately, they seem to have overlooked the aforementioned wardrobe change.
How many of you feel a sense of familiarity when listening to a brand new recording? Do you love that sense, or hate it? If the latter applies to you, then the ‘Ghost Dance EP’ will probably leave you with seething with disappointment. It has plenty to offer for the laid-back listener, with frankly flawless execution and a rhythmic flow from start to finish. Alas, that’s about all there is to it.
In four tracks, The Black Delta Movement at times show themselves to be entertaining, but the tracks become tedious. We do not hear much development of a style and sound that is already all too familiar to most.
Then enters Emissary, which shows itself off as a well-rounded, well-written track (perhaps an indication of the band’s true capabilities?). It’s a beefy number and full of life, yet it is still inherently reminiscent of the mid-80’s garage movement. So much so that it may not inspire listeners in the way you would hope.
The Black Delta Movement’s overall sound has some undoubtedly substantial qualities. With a hefty gig schedule running across the UK at present, perhaps their golden days have yet to come.