"We'd been touring for two years. We were just creatively burnt out."
"We didn't want to release something that we would mean we could just go back on tour and have fun. We just want to make a really great record."
The trio's second album makes a determined shift to find their own sound. There are stronger vocals and conventional – almost mainstream pop songwriting – and the musical template that dips into everything from dubstep to bhangra. Of the Young and Baiya have something of Muse's more electronic grandeur. The lovely Changes, all sumptuous 80s pop, coasts along on beautifully shimmering synthesisers reminiscent of Sylvian and Sakamoto's Forbidden Colours. The big-chorused standout The Sun Also Rises is the Horrors via early Simple Minds, while Memeo, implausibly, has a melody not dissimilar to Rose Royce's disco-era ballad Love Don't Live Here Anymore. In fact, Delphic's determination to bring together so many possible new directions proves the album's undoing, and it peters out towards the end. Lyrical themes about the "danger of changes" and "growing pains" perhaps tell the story of a typical "difficult second album", with associated gains and losses.
Delphic in Deutschland:
06.03.13 Frankfurt, Nachtleben
07.03.13 Köln, Gebäude 9
08.03.13 Hamburg, Knust