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Nearer Than Heaven (Rough Trade)

By: Cam Lindsay

On their debut release for Rough Trade, newcomers Delays have found that lovely bridge between the warm pop of The La's and the dreamy, echoed sound of bands like Lush and Cocteau Twins. Led by singer/songwriter Greg Gilbert, Delays have a classic sound to their short pop songs that is refreshing to everything else around now that is capitalizing on raw energy. Gilbert's angelic voice almost makes it hard at times to determine whether he is actually male, yet that ambiguous spark helps add to the band's allure. Nearer Than Heaven is very close to its destination, featuring a superb jangly guitar sound and a majestically hazy touch to the background. The debut album drops later in the summer and it should turn more than a few heads if it's anything like its lead single. B.
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