Think of current bands from Scotland, and a few big names stand out – Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic probably comes to mind, eventually followed by CHVRCHES, with Paolo Nutini and Nina Nesbitt cropping up when you consider singer/songwriters. Edinburgh based Delta Mainline are nothing of the sort, although their debut EP In a World Full of Madness, the Simple Joy of Melody Can Pull You Through was mastered by CHVRCHES’ Iain Cook. This month the band will be releasing what they describe at their “debut single”, somewhat curious having previously released an album and EP, Vultures.
The song, now available to pre-order on vinyl with two B-Sides of remixes from Miaoux Miaoux and Remember Remember, is a captivating work that just falls short of the four minute mark. Two and a half minutes are lead by a heavy mist of strings, vocals decorating the landscape yet all but disguised among the weight of the sound and with a melancholy atmosphere that rolls the song along. A percussive crash jumps in with electronics and lifts the cinematic restraint to a jaw-dropping height. Carefully arranged and moving from delicate to overpowering, this single is quite unlike what you might expect from a Scottish act.