Big Black Delta single “Side of the Road”

bigblackdeltaJonathan Bates’s Big Black Delta has released a great new single called “Side of the Road” on Soundcloud.  A full length album is scheduled for April 9th on his label, Masters of Bates. The group is fronted by the energetic vocalist/musician, formerly of Mellowdrone and White Sea, as well as a touring member of M83 for whom Big Black Delta opened at Club Nokia last year. Drummers Mahsa Zargaran and Amy Wood complete the line-up.

“Side of the Road” is slick and hooky in a way that reminds me occasionally of Charli XCX at her best, but it is definitely earthier and has a great dance groove. Bates’s vocals are cool and melodic but heavily distorted in choppy layers, and sometimes even call to mind David Byrne. It’s a very distinct sound that seems like it would be a lot of fun live. The band is playing at SXSW in March.

Image via Big Black Delta’s Soundcloud 

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Simone Snaith writes young adult and fantasy novels, and sings in the band Turning Violet. A fan of scifi, fantasy, the supernatural and most things from the '80s, she enjoys reviewing music, books and movies. You can read about her own books at simonesnaith.com.
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