Delco Bread is a songwriting duo of lifelong friends who are separated by many miles. Mike Waltman lives in Arizona, and Dan McGowan lives in Delaware, but thanks to digital music tools and online collaboration, they have been able to come together in spirit to release their debut album, entitled Better Than 9-5.
Mellow and peaceful strumming open the album with the first song “Better Than 9-5.” A groovy drumbeat adds a layer of rhythm to the mix, and wistful, bluesy vocals take control as the guitars build in volume and force. The song gradually develops into a smooth anthem and a harmonica solo brings the song to its emotional apex.
“No One Could Replace You” features alternating hushes and crashes with deep, resounding guitars, bringing an enjoyable contrast to the solid and steady percussive beat. Subtle vocal harmonies pepper the tune, which maintains an upbeat, bright atmosphere throughout the rather lengthy song.
The sunny mood continues to dominate the album with “Moonlight Flowers perhaps the best track on the album with its catchy piano and harmonica added to the usual repertoire of instruments.
Angst and tension builds in “That Was Yesterday” the first song on the album built around minor chord progressions and a darker theme. The differences in this song bring variety to the otherwise vibrant aura of the record and in doing so make the brightness more noticeable. The energy slows down with “Willow” but develops into an emotive, reflective ballad complete with tuneful melodies and poetic lyrics.
Ending with “Scene Stealer” a stylistic pop rock track, Better Than 9-5 thrives as a creative work built by two talented individuals. Listeners can only hope that the distance between the two musicians will not prevent them from continuing their collaborative careers or touring to produce excellent live music.
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