Morgan Delt

Phase Zero

Sub Pop

Aug 24, 2016 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Morgan Delt's first jam bore the hallmarks of '60s psych so thoroughly that some thought it was unearthed from the post-Woodstock era. Drenched in psychedelia, Phase Zero is dripping with dreamy sounds that ooze from your speakers' pores like day-after LSD sweat. Yes, the '60s psych-pop references are accurate, but his best work also draws from the mind-altering repetition of Spacemen 3 or Can, carved down into three-minute pop songs. An undercurrent of paranoia is revealed on certain tracks, and when his songs emerge from the mist, like the bright pop of "Sun Powers," Delt's songwriting prowess shines through. Despite the druggy haze and obscured vocals, this is a humanistic album that feels like a culmination of minds, rather than the work of one person. (

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