From The Desk Of Delta Spirit: Jon Hopkins’ “Immunity”

Delta Spirit’s new album, Into The Wide (Dualtone), is full of anti-war and pro-working-class songs, steeped in literary and biblical images that will make them resonate with almost any listener. The music is deep and moody, playing off the sound of chiming rock guitars, driving rhythms and anthemic vocals against a thick wall of dark, almost industrial noise. The songs paint pictures of the disenfranchised, disillusioned and downcast citizens of our country, folks struggling to get by, but still maintaining their faith in the promises of the American dream. Delta Spirit will be guest editing all week. Read our new feature on the band.


Kelly Winrich: This is my somewhat recent favorite record. One of those records that never gets old. I’m usually not that into electronic records, that’s usually Brandon’s area, but for some reason this one really stuck with me. Hopkins also scores movie soundtracks, so it has that kind of cinematic mood to it. “Abandon Window” and “Immunity” are two of my favorites. These are more on the cinematic ambient side a la Brian Eno meets Max Richter, while “Open Eye Signal” and “Sun Harmonics” are equally as amazing, but more on the electronica side, reminiscent of Boards Of Canada or early Caribou (when he was called Manitoba). This record puts me in a good mood at all times. I’ll never get tired of it.

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