Turn Up The Stereo - Delhi 2 Dublin
Delhi 2 Dublin's inter-continental flight is straight on course. From trance dance club nights to the world's biggest festival stages, the Vancouver-based, border-bending unit has earned every accolade and ovation they've ever received by targeting our primal need to move to the groove. And, they seem to have a strongly enough developed sense of purpose to know the next area on which to concentrate their efforts, focus their talents and encourage growth. They readily acknowledge it, and it is the first thing you notice about their third studio release of new material, Turn Up The Stereo. D2D threw their best into the songwriting on this offering and it shows. A recent interview revealed that among the band's panoply of musical influences, South Asian-Canadian singer Sanjay Seran professes abiding respect for U2 and it's unabashedly obvious on the album's opener, Our House; as mature and adventurous as anything on Achtung Baby! Lighta is another soaring chorus that Bono could have easliy wrapped his golden tones around if the Irish lads had come up with tune first. Sanjay's delivery has never sounded stronger or more bell-like in tone.There are incredibly hooky melodies of dohl-driven dance pop like Ve Mundeya, and the kind of aggressive, polemic global you might hear from Asian Dub Foundation on my immediate favorite from Turn Up The Stereo called Revolution. But, more predominantly there's a great deal of radio-friendly material which is destined to broaden their fan-base further still to include the uninitiated. iLove is a true pop anthem in every sense, as is the title track. Holding down the Celtic side of the Delhi2Dublin equation is new fiddler and vocalist Sara Fitzpatrick who does a lovely job of coaxing the haunting charm out of She Moved (Through The Fair), probably the single most covered air in the Celtic songbook, backed by minimalist drones of sitar and synth from Andrew Kim and Tarun Nayer. Surprising, with all the new found sonic cohesion and trip-wire tight songcraft, the closer, Bali High looks not so much ahead as is does back to the global/ fusion mash-ups that sparked interest in Delhi2Dublin in the first place. It still distinguishes and defines them.