The Black Delta Movement release 'Recovery Effects'
Black Delta Movement return with their stunning new album Recovery Effects – 8 tracks of immersive, groove heavy garage rock out now on Fuzz Club. Read all about it below and pick up a copy here.
Determination and a commitment to musical development are writ large across Matt Burr’s personal and artistic journey as the main creative force behind Black Delta Movement. The band’s new album Recovery Effects sees Matt take a bold leap forward in his musical journey, recruiting highly lauded UK guitar-slinger and Little Barrie frontman Barrie Cadogan along with his band mates Lewis Wharton (Bass) and Tony Coote (Drums) to provide musical backing on the albums 8-strong set, with legendary producer, The Heliocentrics’ co-founder and drummer extraordinaire Malcolm Catto on production duties.
“The album’s a love letter to the band and all the emotions that come with it,” explains Matt when talking about the period of adversity that lead to its creation. Finding himself without his former bandmates following the release of 2018 debut album Preservation and that record’s subsequent live shows, the pandemic induced lockdown periods throughout ’20 and ’21 initially gave time for reflection before proving to be a time of productivity for Matt, giving breathing space to fine tune new songs send demos to Cadogan, who provided creative input into each track’s arrangements. “As soon as I did the demos I made an effort to step back from the album, so when I sent them to Barrie it was like ‘I’ll leave them to you’ and see what he did. And I always knew that whatever he did I would love as he’s been one of my heroes since I was sixteen.”
This meant hitting the ground running when entering the studio in late 2021, with the band cutting the basic tracks live and Malcolm Catto providing invaluable input when it came to moulding the music you hear contained throughout Recovery Effects 8 tracks. “Every song he turned on its head in his own way,” explains Matt. “I’ve never worked with a producer like that whose come in and said ‘right, that’s the song but we’re just gonna rip it up a little bit’, and I was nervous of that working environment because I was worried I’d get too precious about it.”
Any worries Matt had were soon banished, and the results of this creative melting pot of such talented and seasoned musicians see Matt delivering a mesmerizing set of deep, expansive and rhythmic garage rock. It’s a record that delivers a myriad of moods and textures, whether on the persuasive garage-funk of opener and first single ‘Fourth Pass Over The Graveyard’, follow up single ‘Zip-Tie’ which explodes from its moody intro into punk-rock motorik, or the psychedelic slow-burn of ‘Hiding In The Tall Grass’ which manages to channel the likes of The Doors and Spacemen 3 over its 9 hypnotic minutes. “There’s snake’s everywhere,” says Matt about the people who inspired the songs subject matter, “and it always comes back to them. It’s my way of telling them I’m on to them.”
The trust Matt had in this gifted collective of musicians means that he’s delivered his finest set of songs yet, as well as providing the confidence to deliver some of his most personal lyrics to compliment the albums pulsing rhythms, none more apparent than on the beautiful and cathartic title track. “It’s the rawest song I’ve ever written and the first time lyrically I’ve put my heart on my sleeve,” say Matt proudly. “It was about being in a bad relationship and trying to absolve the other person as a bargaining tool, for them to let you go, I think a lot of people might listen to it and say ‘I’ve been there with that’.”
In a world of filters and fakery, Recovery Effects delivers that rare thing; a layered, honest and deeply entertaining rock’n’roll record that sets Matt Burr and Black Delta Movement apart, and establishes them as one of the UK’s premier musical voyagers.