With Immemorial, Chicago based Del Rey deliver their fourth full length release. Now Del Rey has been established back in 1997 in a suburb of Chicago,and they started out from a very diverse background, recording a self produced EP in 1999.
Ever since their music has been expanding and developing. Del Rey's music is music in the purest form, as you will hear no singing or whatever, all is purely instrumental.
The music on Immemorial is intense, like you would expect from a band making Post rock experimental music, sometimes psychedelic in nature.
The band currently consists of the following members: Michael Johnson: drums, keyboards, programming, Chris Cowgill: bass, bassVI, keyboards, Damien Burke: guitar, bassVI, Eben English: guitar, bassVI, drums, keyboards, programming, Jason Ward: keyboards, guitar, percussion, atmospherics. This five piece band really know how to make music worthwhile.
All of the songs are mostly guitar oriented songs, with fast layers of high intense playing of these guitars. The songs themselves vary in length of little over a minute like on "Ouisch", to a lengthier 11 minutes in "Return Of The son Of Fog Rider". Instrumental music is more difficult to bring across to other people in my opinion than is music with vocals. As with a song with lyrics you are drawn towards a certain point where the author wants you. To make the same happen in instrumental music, well that's another ball game all together. With these instrumentals a listener needs to rely more on his own interpretation, his imagination if you will.
Why do I write this? I believe Del Rey succeed very well in bringing life to their songs, each of them. It's fun listening to this album. I didn't know these guys, never heard one shred of their music previously but they are quite good, and I need to find out more I reckon.
Very well done, well produced. Great guitar work, very well thought of backline to every song. Sometimes distorted then again clean. Great job.
01 Return Of The Son Of Fog Rider
02 E Pluribus Unicorn
04 Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars
06 These Children That Come At You With Knives