Delphic are already onto a winner. They've written 'Counterpoint': a song so ubiquitous, it's appeared on the latest Pro Evolution Soccer and single-handedly propelled the Manchester trio into the top five of 'Auntie's' Sound of 2010 list. It’s reasonable prediction then that, before the snow has even melted around our feet, it'll be the anthem of the summer festival season- this year's 'Jump In The Pool' or 'Golden Skans'. It's a fine pop song, pushing the correct buttons for wasted-people-in-a-large space type situations that have abounded since their Hacienda-dwelling predecessors of more than twenty years ago (we'll get this out the way early too: Delphic's forward-thinking claims are, nonetheless, still based on foundations of much of what made part of Manchester’s music culture so popular for a while. 'Counterpoint's' intro even features the near-identical bird whistle sample found in 808 State's 'Pacific State'). Their future, for the next year at least, is assured.
A couple of problems, though. The first being that whilst having a field full of revellers singing your song on a hazy summer evening brings a thrill barely imaginable to myself; the likelihood of its parent album being remembered in the same light is slim. I just had to Google the name of The Automatic's 2006 'Monster'-spawning LP (Not Accepted Anywhere, by the way), whilst the Klaxons' debut is often now held up as the Emperors New Clothes' cliché that it already secretly was. Is Acolyte good enough for Delphic to avoid being "that band who released 'Counterpoint'"?