“This is a second chance / No more / suffering,” the Baltimore indie rock band Delaplaine sing on their opening song off their new release, Remember Everything The Way You Used To. It’s a group of six songs with impressive range, recorded in Nicholas Sigismondi, the lead singer’s basement during the pandemic and mixed and mastered at The Watermelon Room in Baltimore. It explains the somewhat lo-fi sound of the album, but the instrumentation and vocalization on the album are a revelation, something like a Vampire Weekend album at times, something like a guitarified New Order at other times.
“Everything I promised / And everything I wrote,” Sigismondi sings on the second song, “Lying Next To You.” As a music head who loves finding fresh voices and artists who know how to evoke thought and feeling, each of these songs (“everything I wrote”) was super exciting to listen to. It is pure “indie rock,” with musical changes that scratch that indie itch, time and time again. Sigismondi has a memorable voice, Andrew Calis’ drums are tasty, and Matt Golinski’s bass is the perfect underpinning.
The first four songs are upbeat, dreamy, surfy. But they take a turn in the last two songs, showing that they can go in a number of directions as a band. “OA” and “King Of Terror,” the album’s last two songs are moody and explorative, that seem like they might belong on another album. But as it can be with bands that you discover and are thrilled by, it’s satisfying to see the range that the band can manage. And I’m already waiting for the next album from this up and coming Baltimore band.
“In every dimension / I will play you this song / But only ever in one / Will you remember.” That seems to be a commentary on the way that we relate to song. Not everyone will understand the mastery of song writing that they perform on these songs, but I for one think this is the perfect album to reach a certain audience, particularly of indie heads, like myself. This appears to be a debut album and there looks to be a bright future ahead for Delaplaine. “Let it happen.”