Morgan Delt follows up his terrific eponymous debut, which was no. 7 in Norman’s Top 50 albums of 2014, with Phase Zero. Delt has now signed with legendary Seattle label Sub Pop but he hasn’t let the Pacific North-West influence dampen his sunny, lo-fi Californian psychedelic rock vision.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 23 August 2016
Hell hath no fury like a chilled out psych rock album. Or... hell just hath no fury. There’s no fury. As far as escapism goes, Morgan Delt makes ‘Phase Zero’ the best in town, flying into a fantastical pop paradise on his fluorescent blimp to make sure everything’s okay, no one’s sad, nothing’s real. It’s like Tame Impala without any of the anxieties, break-ups or attempts at making something fantastic -- rather, this is just music dreaming in the hopes of never waking up.
Morgan Delt made a record us Normans loved with his s/t, one that quoted the weirder and harder utterances of psych rock (be it Syd Barrett or White Fence) alongside the bubblegum of newer indie offerings. This record follows up with a distancing of M.D. as the record’s protagonist, diluting his vocals ‘til his lyrics sound like airy impressions on a landscape of shimmering synth, twinkling guitar and light, windswept percussion. Choice moments see an edgier and more hard won version of his sound, such as the ominous downward inflections of “Sun Powers” -- but this record ultimately keeps itself in the clouds, away from harm’s view. Its melodies, as always, are strung halfway between sincerely emotive and dinky jokes, the fanfare synth of “The Age of Birdman” going both ways at once. Morgan Delt is a joker with a straight face.
It’s lovely. And within its busied, lush sound, M.D. still compels you to notice the work that goes into his utopia, to take heed of moments. It could be where bass lines worm their way into the main, or the little fragments of ambience that tableset the tunes right after them, or just the little riff that could, as on “Missr. Monster”. He saves best ‘til last, by the way: “Some Sunsick Day” is sun-soaked joy, rising from its chilled motifs into a levitating pop anthem. Never again will I doubt the substance of psychedelia.
9/10 Greg B. Customer review, 2nd February 2017
What do you get when you mix together the psychedelia of Tame Impala and the folky tones of Simon & Garfunkel? The answer is Morgan Delt, who created and performed this album all by himself (much like Kevin Parker of Tame Impala). This 10-song collection harkens back to the days of late-60s west coast psychedelia, with phased guitars, slow fuzzy chords and gentle hushed vocals reminiscent of Art Garfunkel, all soaked in dreamy echoes and haze. The overall experience feels like a soundtrack to a hallucinatory dream, and much like the blimps on the album cover, the warm and friendly atmosphere that this album creates will make you feel lighter than air.
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