Delays – older, wiser and dancier?

Remember the Delays?  Once upon a day they were the next big thing – on NME ‘Sound of the Summer’ CDs and providing Match of the Day soundtracks.  It never quite happened, though, and the band have rather drifted since parting company with Rough Trade in 2006.  A three-year tenure with the more mainstream Fiction Records produced only one proper album, and the Southampton four-piece are seemingly now going it alone.


A listen on MySpace suggests the Delays have mellowed with time.  Along with top-20er Long Time Coming and 2003 debut hit Nearer Than Heaven, a few new songs are available for streaming.  Wanderlust shuffles pleasantly along, with a nice chirpy riff and a wistfultone far from those belters of yesteryear.  The brief demo of Hold Fire feels similarly autumnal, with a timid piano intro and vocal echoes.  Lost In A Melody is much faster, but its power pop sensibilities are overshadowed by a kicking little effect that sounds like an old door being furiously shaken on its ancient hinges.  That’s a good sound, by the way.  The dance element is continued on We Together Make A City, an electronically-based song with samples and sleepiness a million miles from Long Time Coming.

Not being a Delays expert, I’m not certain how new these particular tunes are.  But given the low play numbers on MySpace, they seem likely to represent the contemporary Delays sound.  I do hope so – they make for a great listen, and bode well for the band’s forthcoming London show.

Live date:
Wed 21 October – The Borderline, Soho

Delays on MySpace

MP3: Delays – Long Time Coming (zSHARE) (M4A)
I’ve asked Delays if they might provide one of the tracks I think’s more recent


~ by ripamel on 19/08/2009.

One Response to “Delays – older, wiser and dancier?”

  1. The Delays are awesome!!!!!

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