Morgan Delt (Trouble in Mind) is a pretty frenetic psych record for a California kid. Yes, everything sounds left-out-in-the sun thin. Cherubim vocals vowel-float. Tambourines jingle. Twelve strings ring. But these arrangements are saturated with twitching overdubs all pressure-sealed into a small headspace. Forms are fragile, and Delt nervously jumps around within the songs. This is not a relaxed record.
Nor it is a jumbled mess – Delt is a deft songwriter who can translate his dense ideas into an intense but cohesive whole. His emphasis on spectrally compressed bass and Baroque-pop layers of processed vocals and synth masks align him with the McCartney acid-munching tradition. But then a deep costume-prog groove will kick in with 3 or 4 acoustic guitars tuned in octaves, or a subconscious upright piano will plink nonsense, or shoegaze soft distortion will descend. Morgan Delt is a highway-fast control freak record that can still hypnotize.
Stream the record through Hype Machine, and then pick up a copy on January 28.