DelOReAn Subiza (True Panther)
Spanish quartet Delorean makes what might be the pop music of the future, and they manage it through simple means, fusing the childlike vocal phrasings of Animal Collective to what sounds a lot like 1990s club music. They build on this foundation with blueprints from the drawing boards of The Sea and Cake, Hot Chip, and Stereolab and give it all a nice sheen. If you don’t find the end results immediately pleasing, consult your doctor for an ear examination. That said, Subiza is an album that’s easy to like and more difficult to love. At first pass, it might seem as if Delorean’s bag of tricks isn’t terribly deep: each song features looped, distorted vocals counterbalanced by Latin-tinged beats and punctuated by precise cymbal clashes. The lyrics are sung in a coy, abstract manner that is difficult to understand and not always inviting. Initially, I found myself gravitating more to songs that feature long buildups to the vocals, such as “Infinite Desert” and “Real Love,” where the band’s background in electronic music yields vibrant beats and brilliant melodic flashes. After several listens, I grew accustomed to the subtle ways they tweak their formula in each song, and I keep coming back to how good it all sounds. Nitpicking this album is like complaining about an ice cream cone on a hot day.
— Robert B. Ker