Clocking in at only four tracks long, Bon Accord’s third release, the True Delusion EP, released just over one year ago, packs one hell of a wallop. Seemingly composed as a soundtrack to urban planning beneath a cloudless sky, it fills the wide open spaces with daydreaming colors, endless energies, and strong sentiments. Diving right into the thick of it, the EP starts off with the sugary sweet “Glazed”, a bouncy, bubbly electronic jam featuring distinctive shoegazey vocals, corny synth leads, and Pictureplane-esque electric piano. Onward, the tune “Take Comfort” takes a sharp turn downward into a loud, overly emotional nosedive, though never once forsaking the melodramatic synth leads or the self-deprecating vocalization. Tracks like this prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hackney’s Michael Wright (Bon Accord) is truly a shoegaze artist in an electronic disguise, akin to Jatun or M83.
The fireworks really happen with the title track, though, which is featured above. Upon the first listen, the audience is fooled by the ambient intro and the gentle vocal sample, only to get whiplashed back into attention by chillwave’s version of the eponymous “wall of sound”. Saccharine as the electronics may sound, “True Delusion” is an emo masterpiece, the bass hitting hard, and the harmonizing vocals mixed perfectly. A twang or two of guitar chimes in just over halfway through before the chillgaze waves crash back into themselves all over again. A lengthy outro track, “Late”, then closes the book just as quickly as it was opened. A flashy showing of sentimental synths, prominent basslines, and ghostly vocals bring Bon Accord’s True Delusion EP to a slow-coming close. Beneath the surface of the whiz-bang-pow effect of this tragically short release is an aching heart that thankfully still has enough adrenaline to get up and make music. The best part of this brilliant collection of electronic music? It’s entirely free. Do tha right thing, and grab your free copy of Bon Accord’s True Delusion EP, my fifth favorite release this past year, at his Bandcamp page. See if its digital strains don’t inspire some heavy hearts and lumpy throats within your social circle.