By: Colin Vallee (@colinjbeard)
De Lorians are the latest export from Tokyo's hot-bed music scene, with their debut self titled set to come out July 26th. Their album opens with the track “Daytona.” Claiming the title is meant to be "freely imagined," “Daytona” is a sprawling tsunami of a song that opens with what sounds like the THX or PSOne tone, and builds into bonkers jazz fusion from there. While the song is purely instrumental, I’ve found the opening guitar/saxophone hook on “Daytona” to be one of the most hummable melody lines in recent memory.
The rest of the album is audacious, and packed to the brim with virtuosic musicians flexing their chops. Ripping off-kilter saxophone solos, hair metal guitar tones, and compositions strongly reminiscent of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Frank Zappa firmly root these songs in their influences while smoothly updating the sound.
De Lorians is out July 26th on Beyond Beyond is Beyond.