Guys, I don’t think I can put into words how excited I am about this. I found out the exact release date for this, the blessed new Delta Rae, in December, and proceeded to not shut up about it for the subsequent months, and here it is. Here it is.
“Anthem.” Oh, we start out with sweetsy, almost classical piano with slowly growing undertone of vaguely wistful/ominous something. Hi, boyvoice. I… can’t entirely tell the boys’ voices apart unless I’m looking at their faces, oops. I feel like I should be able to, but this skill will hopefully come with time. And this little ~one minute track swells into an epic opening.
“Run.” And hello, one of the tracks from the Chasing Twisters EP with a completely string-heavy reorchestration. And now the verse and it’s so much Brittanyvoice and oh the boyvoice is echoing and all the voices are echoing and the strings are swelling and my heart is genuinely freaking exploding with joy this sounds like it should be on the end of a Tinkerbell movie, but like, a Southern Gothic Tinkerbell movie (this should happen, please world get on this, even if it’s just via someone cosplaying). But it’s so beautiful and I know all of the words but it feels like a completely new song and I’m so just thrilled.
“Outlaws.” OH “baby we could be magic” I’m so. This is a boy singing a song about “giving the finger to death itself, we got no one to hide from” and running off with a girl but I’m still so into it they have managed to make me do something that normally I wouldn’t be into but it’s so uplifting and everyone is singing together and “baby we could be magic.”
“The Dream.” Oh oh this is the one that was in the eerie-ass promo clip for the album that released in December “pretty red rose pinned to my clothes, I had the dream as always” it’s
“Scared.” And this is the one that they released the music video for where Elizabeth and Ian I think were criminals (?) and sold paintings of cats (?) to the mafia (?) that was run by Brittany the vampire (?) mob princess with a throne and then Elizabeth might have been a call girl (?) and it had literally nothing to do with the song and the elements by themselves made no sense at all but gosh it was fun (especially for Brittany’s vampire [?] mob princess glares) and it’s a good song, it really is, and I really like all the gospel-chorus oohs in the back of all of these tracks. I really do.
“Chasing Twisters.” Another familiar song completely freaking reorchestrated. This one is now… wistful Western maiden instead of like, full-out pounding pissed-off cowgirl. I think both have their uses and it’s getting fuller as it goes on but it’s still different and it’s beautiful it’s freaking beautiful “feel the lives that I have taken, what little soul that I have left” oh god this damn band is reducing me to convulsions of feeling. Girl harmonies. GIRL HARMONIES.
“Bethlehem Steel.” Oh!! I remember this song from the concert. It was such a good show such a good show god I’m getting so nostalgic about Brittanyvoice and Brittanyface and everyone else rocking out and jumping around and sometimes concerts are just among the best nights of my life, you know? “He grows up fast” oh gosh that was a beautiful little twist on that word gosh what a good.
“Dead End Road.” Well this is a very cheerful start for a song with the word “dead” in the title. I think this is Elizabethvoice! Hello! She’s lovely to listen to, too. She really is. “Tell me honestly what you came here for, when you’ve heard enough but you beg for more, when you talk so tough but you can’t ignore” oh my. Oh this is the nicest little stripe of Americana. Oh I’m so happy.
“You’re the One For Me.” This seems like it might be really nice. “We’ve been walking down this open road for way too long, I don’t wanna lead you on, I don’t wanna lead you on.” This just… sounds like it should be the song on the end of a romantic comedy that the male protagonist sings to the female protagonist at a… county fair karaoke party, idk… except there was just an “I don’t wanna fuck it up the first time” so maybe it would have to be a really sassy romantic comedy, one with a very indie sensibility. But this is just so uplifting.
“Cold Day in Heaven.” Oh oh it’s wistful and melancholy and voices “we said it’d never happen to us” this is going to make me feel a lot of things isn’t it. Yep. I’m feeling a lot of things. “Your kisses are poison and all your words are treason.” Oops. I don’t even know what I’m feeling but I’m feeling everything.
“I Will Never Die.” Oh oh last year’s #1 song. How has this one been reorchestrated? The drum sounds a little different and her voice is echoing a little more and the raw power is still there oh god I can just feel this song building up through my body oh and the orchestration feels a little fuller, but it’s not too different but I don’t care it’s perfect it’s perfect I love this freaking song this is why I don’t usually liveblog songs I’m super familiar with because I just turn into a fast-typing mess of nonsense and ecstasy I know even the damn drumbeats of this song inside-out I can recognize each and every harmony I know when Brittany revs her voice kind of OH electric guitar that is not particularly new but it is beautiful and oh oh oh oh here comes the swelling-up harmonies chorus this is ecstasy chains percussion harmonies the perfection of this song is unbridled and sometimes I listen to it and just wish I could have a time machine to go back in time and watch it live again.
“The Meaning Of It All.” Ooh, introspective piano. That’s pretty and nice. An abrupt change from the last, honestly. “Your anger has such beauty underneath and we all wanna know” oh oh. I’m getting legitimate shivers, which is super weird because this is boyvoice but oh god cellos they know my weakness??? “‘Cause I’m breaking down and I can tell it’s deep, I try to dream about the future when I dream” that’s — oh my. This is just a conglomeration of feelings. A feelings amusement park. It’s not even just one rollercoaster, it’s the whole park.
“My Whole Life Long.” Oh, and now we’re grooving in a much more retro sort of way, with a certain vintage whatnot to it, and that’s nice too. More boyvoice, but also girlvoice! Hello Elizabeth! Oh this is a duet is this a duet that would be lovely. HARMONIES YEP. Oh this is so cute and “I wanna love you in the darkness with the night rolling in like thunder” goooooosh. This is beautiful. And also sounds like the end of a romantic comedy, but it is a testament to the blessed magic of Delta Rae that this does not make me run away and instead makes me smile.
“After It All.” IT SOUNDS LIKE “BLACKBIRD” BY THE BEATLES that is another weakness. It’s so soft and pretty gosh harmonies harmonies galore and twang and suddenly everything is so peaceful and I feel very at one with the universe. AND SUDDENLY a sweeping epic of instrumentation and uplifting whatever and harmonizing and voices and it feels triumphant and I’m getting shivers again. But it comes back to the single twang and gooooosh I am so happy about things.
–your fangirl heroine.