Quaint Delusions is a vibrant, colorful band with a slight twinge of nostalgia infused in their modern rock sound. This group of talented musicians from Florida has created a canvas of warmth and visceral energy on their latest album, This Far Out. Eight tracks of joyous melodies and sizzling guitar-work, vibrant drums, buoyant bass and well delivered vocals. It’s not the longest album in the world, but these five artists certainly showcase the range of their talents and creativity during that short run of songs.
“Happy Ending” is an odd title for an introduction, but it certainly feels as if it could be the closing track on an album as well. There’s a content completeness to the song I found to be satisfying. It feels like a song that is wrapping up a long and exciting album, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg for the band. The chord progression is infectious, and the vocal harmonies are sublime — every note is perfect, but in a real, human sense — not a computerized auto-tuned sense. And it transitions in the surprisingly fast-paced rock anthem, entitled “Had To Be You.” This song feels more like an intro, but I love both the first and second track for what they each individually accomplish. The second song opts for a power-chord-heavy ‘60s-inspired rock aesthetic that felt like it could be straight from the 90’s. There are some delicious lead guitar licks and vocals washed in megaphone effects. I loved the production on this track.
“Rest Of The Way” opts for a slower blues rock vibe, and the boys demonstrate that they can aptly traverse so many sub-genres of rock. The slowly-chugging riff and emotive vocals create an electrifying feel to this punchy, upbeat anthem. “A Credit To You“ maintains this slow pace but opts for a new genre, once again. Bowie-esque balladry is on display in full force on this beautiful, tranquil piece of music. I love the sliding guitars and tender vocals which seemed to really gel together quite well. The jabbing piano chords perfectly fit the atmosphere of the track too.
The closing track, “Funny” is a spectacular final note for this jubilant record which is the arguable highlight. Driven by a plinky piano progression and fragile vocals, the song gives me vague LCD Soundsystem vibes, but there’s an utterly unique element to Quaint Delusions’ style. The piano, the guitar, the slowly-booming beat and the sweet singing all combine to create a masterful closing note.
I thought there was a lot to appreciate about this release. In my opinion this is a no brainer for fans of 90’s indie rock. The production, delivery and songwriting is very well done. It all comes together and I recommend listening to this album from beginning to end to really get the scope of the whole thing. I for one became a fan and think you will too after listening to this. Do yourself a favor and support this band by buying their album.