The sounds on “Real Love” are almost of direct resemblance to the tribal chants heard around the world. Inviting the sounds of the environment in and allowing them to roam free and wild, Spanish band Delorean seem to almost relish that kind of opportunity. It makes sense, too, that for a band that got their start by pushing away from everyday club music, to be making honest, real and sincere music. After the bumping beat, the flourishing keyboards and vocalist Ekhi Lopetegi all join in, there is true evidence of the joy happening all around them.
And Delorean will be the first ones to tell you that their rise – where they can marvel being featured on music sites, where they can have their music reviewed before a physical release because of all the attention they’re getting and where they can showcase the cover of a magazine on their myspace – has been anything but easy. Formed in 2000, the band has been through line-up changes and differences in methodology and still, they push forward in hopes of making something fantastic. Not only are the sounds on Subiza worlds different from what Desperrame ever had to offer, but like the region in Spain it was named after, there is much celebration to be had.
Hype is always a miserable thing but, often, we forget that it’s best to ignore the hype and piece our own opinions together. Their native Spanish Balearic house is thrown in for good measure; but for every bit of techno, every bit of dance pop and every bit of whatever else you wanna call it, Subiza is an unabashedly strong pop album. They’re well aware that the thumping drums on “It’s All Ours” aren’t just made for hearing but to dance the night away to. And with the timeliest of touches of synthesizers and Lopetegi’s resonating bass, the back-and-forth shake of the music is unforgettably hypnotizing. It’s worldly without ever attacking you with too many sounds and, instead, on both aforementioned songs and including the other seven, the catchiness of it all is far too impressive.
At first, you’ll probably be taken back by the album’s flow and how it’s all pieced together to reveal snippets of life that you never realized before. The presence of mixers and various instruments is what recalls you the second and third times; mostly because you’re too enveloped to look back now. But at the core of Subiza and at the heart of the sound is a tight-knit quartet that has already mastered the chemistry surrounding them.
Come back for a second listen and recognize that this is also a summer album that has every intention of being heard in the backyard with a bunch of your best friends over. “Infinite Desert” sets the tone during the album’s middle section with a grooving conga beat and shakers. “Endless Sunset”, and its deliberate pace, brings forth the nostalgic feeling of looking into the sunset and realizing that whatever tomorrow has in store for you can wait, because for the rest of the night everything is great.
Maybe it’s just the changing of times that has me a little bit more aware than usual but honestly, it’s just Delorean’s fine ability to create stirringly warm music that is the cause of it. They know their journey has been a testing one; one that found the band forced to make difficult decisions. Making those extra hard decisions can often prove to be the best ones too – Subiza is evidence of just that.