If you’re reading this, play the video at the top of the page first. Right now. Seriously, just do yourself a favour and click that play button, because it’s not worth wasting any more of your time not listening to this song. If you’re not familiar with Delmer Darion, even better – there’s two albums’ worth of this waiting for you on Bandcamp when this track’s done. They’re a two-piece from Exeter and Bath and they’re – as you can hear – making probably the most exciting and vital music on either of those towns’ scenes.
one of the only Exeter-based groups who are absolutely unmissable live
“Reflections” is an effortlessly honest and introspective track, layered with melancholic vocals and woozy strings. I’d also like to briefly highlight just how effective the piano sample is on this track – it’s taken from Jeremy Storch’s “I Feel a New Shadow”, and you may well recognise it from the unforgettable DJ Shadow track “Building Steam With A Grain of Salt”. If that last sentence meant nothing to you, here’s an analogy – sampling “I Feel A New Shadow” is like starting to act in movies under the name Lionel DeCapper. Sure, it’s not the exact same as the other guy, but unless you’re bloody good at what you do you’re only going to invite comparisons to superior artists. It’s lucky, then, that the sample is used with incredible confidence. It doesn’t feel gimmicky at all; you get just enough of a touch of familiarity for nostalgia, but not enough for the song to feel cloying or irritating at all.
The video for this track recalls Delmer Darion’s live performances; vague projected video plays over the face of a friend of the band, just as it washes over the band in their live setup. Delmer Darion live are a sight to behold; they’ve played Poltimore Festival the last two years to spectacular effect and, if I’m honest, are one of the only Exeter-based groups who are absolutely unmissable live. Their show at Exeter Phoenix on the 26th supporting Berlin disco duo Private Agenda for the launch of Poltimore Festival is shaping up to be a wonderful one, and going off the evidence of “Reflections” they haven’t lost any of their talent in the months since we last heard from them.
Delmer Darion play Exeter Phoenix on the 26th in support of Poltimore Festival.