The alternative dance band Delorean is best known for their unique style, a mix of electronic dance music and indie pop. The band has a long history behind them, which helped them evolve this unique style. Delorean was founded back in 2000, by Ekhi Lopetegi and school friends, and they evolved their sound and style throughout the years.
The Early Years
Their first full-length studio album simply named “Delorean” was released in 2004, but their debut album, followed shortly after by “Into the Plateau” in 2006, didn’t get a lot of international exposure, but both were an important part of evolution of their style.
The band started experimenting with remixes, which started getting traction around 2008, when they released a remix of “Love No” by The Teenagers. They reworked the song from the core, took out all the negativity, and made it into something completely different. The track was perfect for any dancefloor and would immediately get stuck in your head.
Their third album, “Transatlantic KK,” was released in 2007 under the Simple Social Graces label and was a variation of “Into the Plateau”.
The Breakthrough: Ayrton Senna EP
They became internationally popular with the release of their EP Ayrton Senna, named after a famous Brazilian Formula 1 driver. The EP, which consists of five tracks, has also won the title of Best New Music by Pitchfork Media. Ayrton Senna defined the 2009 summer sounds thanks to three brilliant summer tracks, one remix, and a special bonus track for the digital-only release.
The opening track Deli is a brilliant combination of synth-pop with live pop instrumentation and dreamy vocals. It’s followed by Moonsoon, which was deemed the 2009 summer anthem by many. Seasun is next, and offers a respite with its laid-back tones and handclaps. Big Dipper goes back to the re-popularized house piano line of the 90s and rounds it up into a perfect whimsical composition that many claim is the best one on the EP.
Delorean’s fourth album “Subiza” made them well known across all continents. The album was released in March 2010, while the international version released in June 2010. The album shares the name with the Basque town it was recorded in. Subiza was very well received by music lovers and critics alike, and Pitchfork Media gave them the Best New Music title as well, and placed the album among “The Top 50 Albums of 2010.”
Subiza is best known for reviving the 90s house and techno tempos, piano lines and raves, combined with synth-pop, Balearic house and indie tones. All the songs in the album are cohesive when it comes to mood and tempo: they are bright, whimsical and quick. The songs fade from one to another without effort, but offer quite a lot of variety too.
The band spent three years on tour with this album, and then returned to Barcelona to start working on new songs. They focused on building a studio and deliver a new level of quality.
Their fifth album, “Apar”, was released in 2013, and the difference to Subiza was vast. It was different, calmer, measured. This album was called a “big production album” by the band. They explained they wanted to do this as a real band, and not a production team. The album was recorded on live instruments. This is also their first album that features other vocalists: Chairlift's Caroline Polachek and Cameron Mesirow of Glasser.