Originally beginning as Charles Tilden’s solo looping explorations, the Toronto, ON-based Delta Will expanded to a quartet, when Tilden recruited Brandon Johns (synths, samples, bass), Milan Schramek (guitar, bass, vocals) and Lowell Whitty (drums) to flesh out the project’s sound. Naturally, over the course of that progression the band’s sound has changed – from a blues-inspired sound of their first EP, Transcendental Vistas to a sound that meshes elements of folk, psych rock and electronica on their second EP, It All Glows which won attention in their hometown both for its sound and for the fact that the material explores the nuances of the human condition.
“Manic Pulse” is the first single from the band’s forthcoming full-length debut, which they’re busily putting the finishing touches on. As Tilden explained to me in press notes, It’s a song “about a young man’s dizzying journey through the triumphant highs and loathsome lows of a manic episode. Sonically, the track alternates between dark swelling verses and explosive sparkling choruses of psych-pop bliss.” As you listen to the song, you’ll notice that the song is a lush, textured (and cinematic) composition consisting of tribal-inspired percussion, layers of cascading synths and buzzing synths paired with plaintive vocals. Lyrically, the song captures the mindset and psyche of it’s narrator as he vacillates between the manic highs and depressing lows with a novelistic detail that’s both compelling and disturbing.