Boston, Berlin, Belfast.
Geography can be a strange thing. It can divide us physically while still allowing people to come together in other ways. But what happens when a band whose three members all live on different continents attempt to create music solely through file swapping?
For The Deltahorse, this idea of geography and its effects on music are easily turned toward the realization of the band's own creative impulses. Led by founder and bassist Sash, ex-Morphine saxophonist Dana Colley and singer Vadim Zeberg, the band subverts all assumptions and expectations by creating something which feels inherently lived-in and communal even when separated by great distances. Sash is located in Berlin while Zeberg calls Belfast home--Colley spends his time in Boston. Despite the fact that they can't perform together and, in fact, have rarely, if ever, seen each other face to face, the band's sound never feels false or broken by the landscape that divides them. They start from a complete blank with each song they record, never seeing the movements and physical markers that allow other bands to easily play off one another.
By creating a "Transatlantic Sound" (as it is the Atlantic Ocean that divides them) that allows them to act as though they're simply friends gathering at one of their homes for an impromptu jam session, The Deltahorse makes room for each person to add their distinctive musical tendencies to the mix. Everything is accumulated and worked through until a considerable noise has been created and is undeniably the work of a cohesive and intuitive band. In the past, their work has featured layered sheets of colossal guitar riffs, skronking sax lines and malleable melodies, but it was the communal sense of interactivity that gave these songs their heft and emotional viability.
There is no genre that the band adheres to, no rigid blueprint that guides their ambition. They carve out a unique musical niche that allows them to pick and choose among a dozen different aesthetics while laying allegiance to none. From labyrinthine bass hooks and skronking Electric Baritone Saxophone lines to dense grooves and a capricious vocal euphoria, they build a sound that holds you captive, awed, pensive, before ultimately inviting you to become completely immersed within their strange and turbulent noise.
On their upcoming debut full-length, the songs clatter and thunder and build up an unstoppable head of steam before giving up their last gasp of air and fading back in your speakers. They build upon this idea of a collective musical ego--that each member's musical tendencies are incorporated individually and as a whole, resulting in something that owes a debt to their influences while standing on its own in terms of its own identity. The music calls particular attention to their intuitive interplay, which is rather miraculous given their various locations. So while the band may never see each other's faces and movements while recording, their songs always feel like the end result of a late night among friends. This is the work of The Deltahorse.
THE DELTAHORSE - TRANSATLANTIC
Release Date: Sep 30, 2016
Label: Slower Faster
Format: CD / Digital
Styles: Alternative, Indie Dance, Independent