Genres: electronica, techno
PO Box 411194
San Francisco, CA
Apr 14 - 20 2003
Deletist is a one-man (err... one-woman) electronic act out of San
Francisco, and this self-titled album is her debut
full-length. Not all of its tracks stand up on their own, but
together this disc is quite a trip. Mind-expanding melodic loops
and dense beats characterize the musical tapestry that is this album,
and an album this definitely is - you can't just try out certain songs
on their own; you have to take all of it in at once to realize its true
While this is a real album album, there are
still some parts of this CD that are more notable than others.
"Americans" is a positively beautiful piece, in all its
dark, apocalyptic grandeur, and "The Lure of War and
Boredom" is a mesmerizing semi-electropop piece that almost calls
to mind DNTEL's "Anywhere Anyone." "A
Clearout" is also a tremendously good track, with a rolling
bassline and a strong melodic base. First track "T.W.A.T,"
on the other hand, doesn't seem particularly essential, and doesn't
introduce the album in an appropriately promising manner.
The Deletist has done lots right on her debut. The
mood is fantastic, and the beats and rhythm are perfect to a
tee. A fantastic flow bonds the tracks effectively, and if you
turn up the bass on your stereo these songs can carry you into a
temporary euphoria. The only problem is that the absence of
standout "singles" may bother some people - a notable amount
of patience is required to fully appreciate the Deletist
sound. A better intro would have also been nice.
Deep, bassy undertones, creepy melodies, mood-establishing beats,
and frightening lyrics characterize an album that is dark,
unsettling, and yet mysteriously compelling. Recommended.
Fun Fact: The Deletist has also
just released a split 7" with Drowning Dog. More
12 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2003]