With their fourth album and United States breakout, dance quartet Delorean deliver a playful, diverse electronic soundscape, named after the town in their home country of Spain where it was recorded, effortlessly humanized by warm synth and distant voices. To qualify the group’s most popular comparison, Subiza does sound like Animal Collective circa Merriweather Post Pavillion, but it also sounds like something cool and fresh and summery your favorite pop star might pillow-talk over on MTV. These two genres might sound like different worlds entirely, but they’re not very different at all – the genius of Delorean, and the pleasure of Subiza, lies in the fact that they’ve realized this.
The band’s name, a nod to classic eighties time-travel film series Back to the Future, might help sum up some of the aesthetic of Subiza – it’s bright, magical, occasionally throwbacky – but all in all the comparison doesn’t really hold water. Subiza is graceful modern pop, heavily indebted to the technological age (and bands who have worked with similar machinery before). Songs like “Grow” and “Simple Graces” are pure pop gems: warm, positive, clubby drum machine and layered vocals. While Subiza might not be anything out-of-the-blue new, it’s certainly enjoyable.
76 — [Rating Scale]
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