Release Date: Jan 28, 2014
Record label: Trouble in Mind
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
By all accounts, Morgan Delt is a normal enough guy, living in Los Angeles probably with a cat and the same need to pay the bills as the rest of us. Still, if one were to judge by the sound of his debut self-titled album released in 2014 by the fine folks at Trouble in Mind, it might seem like Mr. Delt was flash-frozen in 1967 while in the process of making his own version of "Strawberry Fields Forever" or "My White Bicycle," then only recently thawed out.
Our world is an impossibly and perhaps unnecessarily connected one, a place where household cats have Instagram feeds and most details of a life turn up after a deep Googling. No matter how much one attempts to stay off the grid, eventually something comes up. For example: The second page of Google results for “Morgan Delt” includes a character page for Morgan Delt, the protagonist of an obscure 1966 Vanessa Redgrave-starring film called Morgan—A Suitable Case of Treatment.
Those who were quick of the mark will have already picked up Morgan Delt’s cassette-only release Psychic Death Hole last year. For anyone lagging behind or just opposed to this current trend for the resurrection of the cassette, this repackaging of those songs with five extras thrown in is timely and has been worth the wait. Resurrection is a big part of Delt’s raison d’être.
Sorry to walk straight in and piss in your Kool Aid, but is there a genre out there in 2014 that sounds less transportive than psychedelic rock? For the most part, the recent crop of psych bands sporting the usually clichéd signifiers – thrifted paisley shirts, lava lamp visuals, lyrics a warm stream of whimsical gobbledegook – is about as earthbound as it gets: a once-psychoactive formula rendered depressingly inert. There are exceptions to this rule, of course. Ty Segall’s finer records break on through to the other side thanks to steamroller riffing, in-the-red production, and the sense that he’ll torch any convention if it helps him succeed.
Morgan Delt — Morgan Delt (Trouble in Mind)Morgan Delt’s self-titled record looks, given its cover art, like it could easily be found in the psych bin of a used record store in Anytown, U.S.A. Two open squares bisect each other, forming triangles of contrasting colors. In the middle sits Delt, in sunglasses and behind overgrown flowers in front of a brilliant blue sky.