Is that a… rap interlude in the middle of track one? (Check it out, below).
This guest appearance by Clairmont The Second is a stark declaration that Del Bel are expanding their horizons, and it’s not the only novelty we see here.
You could label a lot of III’s material trip-hop, in the vein of Tricky or the Supreme Beings of Leisure, but that root expands into jazzier territory as the album progresses, and this is considerably more complex and of-this-decade than either of those acts. Complexity comes naturally when your band has 11 members.
Lively tempo and programmed beats notwithstanding, III is as dingy a collection as we’re used to receiving from Del Bel. Lisa Conway’s parting words sum up the mood well: “Maybe there’ll be a brightness after all this dark.”
The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2015. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us this year.
First up, the runners up:
Mick Jenkins – Wave[s]
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Club Meds
Del Bel – Del Bel
Viet Cong – Viet Cong
Dr. Dre – Compton
It can’t be easy trying to make it as an instrumental beach band in Guelph. Then again, one gets the sense, upon taking LV for a spin, that these dudes—they play in Bry Webb and the Providers, Del Bel, Skeletones Four and more—are doing this primarily for kicks.
This is no comedic venture, however—these Vipers are pulling off a slick and sober homage to the ’60s in the vein of Dick Dale and Shadowy Men (it should be noted, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, by their own declaration, are “not a fucking surf band”) that can be visualized as easily as it’s listened to; check out “Gangly Dancer” below, for a taste.
Is that a UFO, gliding over the plains? Nope, just a giant, half-naked statue—it’s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, out there.
Del Bel’s new album—the follow-up to 2011’s Oneiric—is reportedly set for an early 2015 release; they’d been on hiatus while a member was studying abroad.
We’ll leave you to interpret the rest of this spooky mélange of birds, cowboys and crying heads on your own.