Big Black Delta – Big Black Delta

Following on from the lo-fi style of Mellowdrone, musician Jonathan Bates showcases the début album from his latest project Big Black Delta. The self-titled album sees Bates indulging in a much more darker synth-rock style, much different from his previous projects. There’s some interesting techniques going on, with Bates showing off his talents as a charismatic performer once again, letting his hazy almost broken vocals push the music along, which are now accompanied by heavy percussive beats and synth-effects. It is much different from his previous work, showing that Bates at least as some diversity as a musician, and can embrace other genres comfortably. All in all, there’s many moments on Big Black Delta that are simply genius, with the incredibly dark effects of the songs sounding sludgy yet enjoyable.  It seems though that whilst there’s many working elements to the self-titled release, there’s a few weak moments that seem to let the upcoming project down.

On ‘Big Black Delta’, Bates showcases an electronic side that’s not really been seen by the musician before. It is a big step away from his previous work, which gives it its own appeal and character. There’s a driving force behind the whole album, pushing it along at an incredible pace whilst Bates’ lo-fi sounding vocals add the true character to the songs. Bates’ voice has now been treated by electronic effects, giving it a much more vibrancy than what’s been heard before. It is all incredibly interesting, and there’s a fairly good diversity to the songs themselves. Some of the tracks seem to be very driven and fast, whilst others indulge in slower moments. There’s some almost heavy moments in terms of electronic music, as well as some calmer moments, giving the album some good vibrancy in terms of the selection of songs. It is a good first effort, as it shows off all the capabilities of Big Black Delta in one big swoop.

The main problem I have with Big Black Delta, and their début album is that Bates’ seems to have lost what made his music his own. With it being a new project, there’s no doubt that it should sound different to what we’ve expected from the musician, but I still feel that Bates’ doesn’t rely on his own talents, but more on the tricks of the genre in order to present his music. Certain electronic treatments to Bates’ voice seems to just ruin what would have been a good song. There’s none of Bates’ natural flair in most of the songs, which makes it somewhat unimpressive.

There’s certainly some capabilities to ‘Big Black Delta’, which does showcase some interesting ideas. There’s some incredibly catchy songs, which to an extent are much more accessible and enjoyable than the lo-fi stylings of Bates’ previous work. It sees he hasn’t lost his ability to continue creating music, which is one thing to take from his latest project. I just feel that Bates’ could have done better in terms of presenting an overall album experience, as ‘Big Black Delta’ seems to fail to deliver on a few of the tracks, which seem to fall flat in comparison to the incredibly catchy tracks on the album.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★☆☆  3/5

Selected Songs:

  • Side Of The Road
  • Capsize
  • Dreary Moon
  • Love You This Summer

Big Black Delta’s début album ‘Big Black Delta’ is out now, and can be purchased on Itunes.

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