We are less than a month into 2013 and already a host of Manchester bands are putting the city back on the map. Following in the footsteps of Everything Everything and Dutch Uncles comes this second album from electro-poppers Delphic.
While debut Acolytes hinted at a cerebral band, Collections is a frequently drab work that fails to mark itself out from its peers.
All too often, the songs sound as though they are about to take flight, but fail to do so – remaining in a listless, over-produced rut.
And there's the whiff of by-numbers electronica to proceedings too, as if the band have sweated over ticking boxes rather than producing music with real substance.
They sound as though they want to be New Order for the Twitter generation, but their lacklustre beats, coupled with some of the most disaffected singing you'll hear all year, suggests a way to go.
KEY TRACK Baiya