The Blind Owl by Delusive RelicsRelease date: February 12, 2021
Massive Attack’s music always had dark overtones and was as eclectic as it can get, always keeping its key electronic instrumentation spine. So, the question quite a number of artists tried to answer is how do you take it a few shades darker without losing its eclectic and electronic elements. Farhood Nik and Anis Oveisi, a New Hampshire electro-industrial duo (take that definition loosely) that go under the name of Delusive Relics, try to answer that question with their album The Blind Owl.
Nik and Oveisi, who are of Iranian background, actually set a 100-year old Iranian novel of the same name by Iranian writer Sadeq Hedayat, who the duo describe as Iranian Edgar Allan Poe. “His novel is like Metamorphosis by Kafka, it is THE dark fantasy book.”
By this description, and by listening to the album’s lyrics, you get the idea of what kind of darkness Delusive Relics are trying to recreate. Of course, if the music misses the mark, the whole thing could fall apart as would a house of cards with a soft breath.
Luckily for the duo, they have the chops to follow the steps of Massive Attack, and the likes of Depeche Mode and Gary Numan, adding a few nifty touches of acoustic instruments and guest vocalists B-Astre and Venessa Hale. Farhood’s or Aneisi’s vocals, whoever takes the lead on most of the album actually reminds of Jeff Kelly of cult psych band Green Pajamas, who himself also knows how to go to the dark side. So, it is an almost perfect fit.
The fact that the duo had a chance to tour China, Iran, Turkey, France, and the USA shows that they have the writing and instrumental confidence that carries both the music and the lyrics through.
So Delusive Relics brings some quite dark music into these dark times which can maybe help their listeners turn on the light, at least a bit.