Quite often outside influences can have a strong influence on how you perceive something, for instance when i first heard Delusions of Grandeur by Swedish post-rock band EF i considered it to be ‘just’ a nice album.
It sounded nice and well played but that was that, while listening to a post-rock album should, in my opinion, give one a feeling of either happiness, sadness or melancholy and none of that happened really. At first, that is.
While biking home on a warm summer night after a night out I put it on again and i don’t know whether it was the few single malts i had in me or the warm summer breeze / smells but somehow it all started to get together.
Photo by: Evelina Hjalmarsson
Although this is a short recording, by post-rock standards that is, it is very diverse.
The title track, Delusions of Grandeur, is actually more poppy than post-rock, which is mainly caused by the addition of vocals. Usually I can live without that when it comes to this genre but this is really nicely done and I wouldn’t mind hearing more of that on future releases from EF. The song builds up beautifully and the addition of a trumpet (I think it’s a trumpet atleast) surely helps to make this a great song. More acts should incorporate this instrument in their music by the way. Bands like EF, *shels and in a distant past Beyond Dawn have proven that it works.
The second song, Fem_Digi Master could be considered an intermezzo, which prepares you for the third, final and in my opinion best track on this album, I Never Felt This Way Before. A track that reminds me of brilliant UK band Yndi Halda. Beautiful strings, pianos, a choir and a narrative voice over make this song something special.
This EP is a teaser for what’s to come for EF, and if they can keep up the level that they show in Delusions of Grandeur and I Never Felt This Way Before I am definitely looking forward to what this band will bring us in the future.
Delusions of Grandeur is available through Pelagic Records on 10” vinyl.