One of our favourite American indie pop groups – the fancy WORK DRUGS - return with their second record called Delta - on December the 4th via Bobby Cahn records. During the past months we reported a lot about the band from Philadelphia. They’ve unveiled some singles , for example Tigerbeats, Pluto and Beyond Greenpoint. And they just did a beautiful and exclusive guestmix for NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION. So we are very pleased to continue the buzz while finally listening to the whole new album – which is of course pretty awesome.
WORK DRUGS‘ masterminds are Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana and they said about Delta that it is quite a WORK DRUGS “best-of” record – it includes remastered tracks from previous releases (e.g. their little hit License to drive) as well as awesome new stuff (e.g. Cursive Ground).
WORK DRUGS make no secret about the fact that they are influenced by the catchy pop of the 80ies – actually you hear the smooth retro tunes as soon as you begin to listen to the record’s first track Third Wave. And also their appearance seems like they made a leep in time back to the 80ies – their records always have retro covers and they post tons of vintage instagram pictures on their platforms while the group itself prefers to hide behind these sunny images.
About their music-in general- the retro pop band says that they make it “ for boating, sexting, dancing, yachting, and living”. We can totally understand their words- while listening to Delta you feel like being on a sunny boat, feeling a small breeze on your skin- just enjoying the moment. The new record features lissom and floating melodies as well as some great Saxophone tunes. The instruments in all 11 tracks fit perfectly to Crystals relaxing voice.
Pluto - the first single taken from Delta – is a little masterpiece. In the chorus Crystals voice overlaps with the one of a woman – perfectly harmonising – and the saxophone part at the end is pretty cliché but quite amazing! About the track they said the story is about “someone we once loved… but now we don’t even recognize.” Very mysterious. Cursive Ground – a brandnew track – has hit potential. Although the song is a bit melancholic he’s also quite danceable. A great combination. And License to Drive is already a little hit! If you hear the chorus once it will stick in your head the whole day. And this is exactly what characterises a great piece of pop music. The closing title track of Delta features again a womans voice in the chorus and once more the good old saxophone – and as soon as it is over you want to listen to the whole record again. Delta is an scilicet a LP which can run in infinite loop by never getting boring at the same time. And it will be also available as Vinyl – but be quick since there are only 250 copies!
indie / pop
from Philadelphia, USA