Noel Vasquez, Getty Images Spanish four-piece Delorean recreated their ethereal…
- Posted on Jul 8th 2010 10:00AM by Kenneth Partridge
Performing Wednesday as part of the East Side apartment complex's Music on the Oval summer concert series, the quartet turned in 45 minutes of user-friendly techno, no glow sticks required. As drummer Igor Escudeo jumped from hi-hats to electronic drum pads, adding live percussion to beats piped in via synths and samplers, bandmate Guillermo Astrain fussed with a not-quite-audible guitar, his pose signifying Delorean's indie-rock leanings.
Just as the show marked a confluence of genres, it brought together groups of people that seldom mingle. Near the front of the stage, skinny-jean Brooklynites bobbed to the music, moving slowly in the 90-degree heat. Further back, kids clutching balloons perched on parents' shoulders, towering over a field dotted with lawn chairs and picnic blankets.
In the middle of the courtyard, behind the tent housing the sound board, an old lady stopped and listened, drawn in by a sound that also snared white-haired chess players and folks passing through on their way home from work. Delorean's music is simply that inclusive. The rhythms get repetitive, and the lyrics -- delivered with plenty of reverb by singer and bassist Ekhi Lopetegi -- are hard to make out, but Wednesday standouts 'Real Love' and 'Stay Close' proved pleasant in ways other dance songs aren't.
Most Delorean tunes start with a kick drum or simple beat and build as they go, incorporating Mediterranean-warm washes of synth and pre-recorded vocals. That latter effect -- layers of human voices, wordless and soulful, exultant over the music's electro-organic throb -- may well be the secret ingredient, the one that enables four scruffy dudes from the Basque country to rock an early-evening block party, pleasing hipsters and toddlers alike.