Thursday, July 30, 2009

Summertime listening: Delorean - Ayrton Senna EP

Though I'm new to the band, Barcelona quartet Delorean have have been around for some time and their Ayrton Senna EP is just the latest in a danceable, electro-rock canon. I'm now determined to work my way through their older material, but this new EP is a great place to start as an introduction to the band, with four songs of blissful, sunny-day pop that are as catchy and fun as almost anything released this year. Using synthetic percussion, keyboards, and soaring vocal harmony, Delorean combine electronica, rock, and pop into a joyful and entertaining whole.

"Seasun," the single and album centerpiece, is perhaps the best place to start here. The song begins with a stadium-sized vocal loop and compelling beat and then transitions into a more structured pop anthem, with layers of carefully composed electronics giving the track its infectious energy. "Moonsoon" is similarly excellent, a more rock-based tune with driving keys and percussion that inspire an immediate dance party whenever and wherever they're heard. The happily romantic "Deli" and the funky, shimmering "Big Dipper" round out the EP well, and though they don't quite reach the height of the other two tracks, the entire experience is one worth having. Don't go through the remainder of your summer without this.

Seasun (MP3 via Pitchfork)