Live – Deliluh at The Hope & Ruin

Deliluh at The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, 17th June 2022

Something of a well kept secret, Deliluh combine influences from different eras and genres, their Canadian roots and European base no doubt adding to the melting pot. The band are now a duo comprising Kyle Knapp and Julius Pederson, but the sound they create is worthy of a stage full of musicians, perhaps not surprising as they seem able to switch between instruments at the drop of a hat, without even needing a hat.

A heady mix of synths, distortion and a lap steel guitar, topped off by the unexpected but delightful addition of sax, the crowd veered between transfixation and jubilant dancing. Elements of early VU, the darker side of 80s’ electronica, hints of melancholy and the stage presence of a certain Mr E Smith made for a very special evening. I wonder how long the secret will be well kept.

Words and photos by Siobhan

23rd June 2022