Delrose :: Jump

Delrose-JumpDelrose has been a staple in the Toronto music scene for quite some time. So there was a collective “Finally!” uttered when she released her debut record in April.

The appropriately titled Jump is an emotional and heartfelt introduction to the spectacular performer. As a whole, the album is wonderfully mastered, and each track is laid out perfectly, from every riff to every harmony, and every detail in between.

The title track, which opens the album, is the best introduction to Delrose, her unique voice, and the jazz-infused easy rock that compliments it so well.

That unique voice is deep and throaty, evoking the ethereal nature of other supremely talented songwriters, like Canada’s own Joni Mitchell.

Speaking of songwriting, Delrose’s lyrics are not contrived or hasty. They flow easily and effortlessly, especially on tracks like ‘Free’: “Don’t want to be here / Anymore than you / Don’t want to be here / Longer than you / I want to be anywhere but here / Because I want to be free / So you leave first / I’ll take my chance”. Those lyrics serve to confirm the uneasy tone that a warbling bass and a pushing single chime have embodied. Meanwhile, an acoustic guitar hopefully glides over the eerie chimes as Delrose’s voice finds its powerhouse footing and really pulls the track together.

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Delrose performs at Raz Mataz’s first ever music almost famous showcase.

Delrose-1Delrose-1Delrose-1‘Dream of Sam’, with its twinkling pianos and wonderful plucky acoustic guitar solo, pulls from thewarmth of a dream. With smoothly sung lyrics like “You’ve got to keep on dreaming / to be alive”, the track will undoubtedly leave a smile on your face. ‘I Try’, meanwhile, is more upbeat with definite funk undertones and dramatic pauses. A pure and punchy mix of acoustic and electric guitars evens out the song, resulting in a big band feel with calm minimalism.

‘The Letter’ has more of an urban feel with a defined beat and syncopated lyrics that still manage to showcase Delrose’s amazing vocal range. It’s a fun track that plays out as a message to a reluctant lover: “Why don’t you just / Fall into me like / Fallin’ / Fallin’ into you”.

Returning to the upbeat folksy side of the album is ‘All I Know’. Delrose’s easy going and inviting voice draws us in, while the pulsing symbols and skipping drum work with the softly twinkling guitar to keep the music floating happily along.

Listening to the album as a whole, from front to back, makes you wonder if this isn’t 2014; if perhaps Jump somehow transported you to the magical ’60s, if maybe you’re witnessing a perfectly effortless jam session with the songwriting greats: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan – and Delrose.

For more on Delrose, visit her website and her BandCamp.

 

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