Delphic - Acolyte (3 stars)

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Delphic - Acolyte

(Polydor)

By the time this review is printed, we’ll know if Manchester quartet Delphic are in the final top ten of the tastemaking BBC Sound of 2010 poll. We wouldn’t bet against it right now, though, because this album covers all bases.

From the anthemic opener ‘Clarion Call’ (offering ‘a call to arms, a call to everything you wanted’) to the dreamy electronic pop of closer ‘Remain’, the record marries the dancefloor and popular appeal as well as any over the last decade. Yet perhaps those rumours about the return of the Manchester sound are unfounded, because ‘Submission’ is the only track that bears a passing resemblance to New Order. Otherwise, the key references here are – Friendly Fires, Cut Copy, Air, Mylo – which isn’t bad company to keep.

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