Starting with their 2010 album Subiza, the Spanish combo Dolorean began adding some soft and dreamy textures to their blend of indie rock guitar pop and synth-driven dance rock sound, blurring the edges and beginning a transition away from guitars and traditional song structures that continued on 2013's Apar and reached full bloom on 2016's Muzik. Released on their own Phlex label, the album is blindingly shiny, almost guitar-free, and hits the exact same sweet spot between dancing and dreaming that their last two albums did. The absence of guitars is made up for with lots of rippling synths and by boosting Ekhi Lopetegi's longing vocals just a bit.
Remember those first few glorious bars of "Seasun" from Delorean's 2009 breakthrough EP Ayrton Senna? Damn. A huge, synth-driven, sun-soaked, opening statement if there ever was one. They'd been around since 2000, but this was their moment. The Barcelona-based foursome had arrived. And the ….
While the three years since Delorean’s last LP, Apar, may not seem like a lot of time, it’s seen one of the most dramatic shifts in the band. Shortly after the release of that album, the Spanish indie pop outfit was kidnapped in Mexico City for 30 hours, their lives being threatened. Thankfully they managed to escape and get back on the road the next year.
Lo-fi bedroom punk, chillwave, Balearic, Hipstamatic, Merriweather Post Pavilion, whatever—just about everything responsible for the indie zeitgeist at the turn of the decade craved a return to innocence. This is why nostalgia for that time feels doubly sad: it’s escapism into a time that was already escapist. The frothy, sugar-spun dance-pop of Barcelona quartet Delorean was emblematic of those years, as captured on Ayrton Senna EP and Subiza.