Deluka

Deluka

by Ryan Reed

25 May 2010

 
cover art

Deluka

Deluka

(Vel Records)
US: 29 Jun 2009
UK: 29 Jun 2009

The cover of Deluka’s self-titled EP is a black and white chiaroscuro of vocalist/guitarist Ellie Innocenti’s face.  Pretty fitting.  Only seconds into the first single, “Cascade”, you’ll get the idea—these fairly straightforward, inoffensive electro-pop tunes basically play like a solo album, anyway, with rhythmic interplay and full band energy displaced in favor of easy, immediate hooks and simple, programmed arrangements.

Innocenti is clearly billed as the star of the show.  She has vocal presence, that’s for sure, bringing swagger and charisma to the otherwise robotic, faceless proceedings.  Problem is, the persona seems borrowed, a facsimile of Karen O’s sexual bravado and Gwen Stefani’s girl power gusto.  Still, that doesn’t mean Deluka doesn’t have its charms.  “Wake Me Up” is a surprisingly nimble cut-and-paste collage of samples and slap bass that nearly makes up for the incredibly annoying “Finito”, which features a guitar part so generic and overused, it’s impossible to trace it to a source.

On this EP, Deluka sounds like a band without an identity. But in today’s musical age of radio clones and bandwagons, this fact will have little or nothing to do with their “success”.

Deluka

Rating:

//related
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media

//Blogs

"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layer and texture to music.

READ the article