This week’s song selection sees me continuing my flirtation with Math Rock. This time around, I have a pick from an album that mixes the unorthodox genre with a dystopian concept.
Delta Sleep’s recent album, Ghost City, tells the story of a woman living in what the band describes as a “techno-noir” dystopian future dominated by tech firms.
In selecting a single song, I had to face a difficult choice. As there is a narrative through line, selecting my favorite song would not have made sense without the larger context of the rest of the album. To that end, I chose the opening track, Sultans of Ping.
The track can give you a taste of the ride you’ll be in for. If you find the lyrics and the concept edifying, the rest of the album will take you for a ride with an excellent conclusion. Just be sure to expect diversity in the album; some songs will be calm pensive, while other may shake you to the bone.
The lyrics of the album as a whole are straightforward in a way that reminds me of Orwell’s 1984, which makes sense for its dystopian concept. While I prefer the imagery of a Leonard Cohen’s style, Delta Sleep’s lyrics pair well with their music and deliver the narrative in a satisfying way.