Regency Buck

Deliverance

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As one of the next wave of bands to emerge from Glasgow in the wake of the Britpop craze, Regency Buck offers a complex but catchy sound on Deliverance, with traces of electronica lightened by tongue-in-cheek humor and animated by a persistently irresistible beat. Walls of overdriven guitar provide the primary texture as synthesizers touch up the edges of the riffs and rhythm tracks. Various retro references give Deliverance an almost nostalgic quality, from the peppy Vince Clarke-like propulsion and dry textures of "Monkey Girl" to a plodding keyboard figure that evokes "Strawberry Fields Forever" at the start of "Eyes On You." Comparisons to the late-period Beatles only grow more obvious as this track develops into an elaborate pastiche of whispered and harmonized vocal, burbling effects, and other psychedelic accoutrements. The bong-haze vocals on "Get A Grip" and "There Is No End, and the head-tripping echo drenching the wah-wah tip on "I Suppose," make the point clearer still. Even so, all the paisley parts add up somehow to a contemporary overall sound and suggest that there's every likelihood this band will adapt to the tempos of its own time.

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