Delphic's debut album, Acolyte, was one of the hits of 2010 for its fizzing indietronica, a more youthful take on the collision of electronics and rock perfected by Manchester predecessors New Order. The trio's second album makes a determined shift to find their own sound. There are stronger vocals and conventional – almost mainstream pop songwriting – and the musical template that dips into everything from dubstep to bhangra. Of the Young and Baiya have something of Muse's more electronic grandeur. The lovely Changes, all sumptuous 80s pop, coasts along on beautifully shimmering synthesisers reminiscent of Sylvian and Sakamoto's Forbidden Colours. The big-chorused standout The Sun Also Rises is the Horrors via early Simple Minds, while Memeo, implausibly, has a melody not dissimilar to Rose Royce's disco-era ballad Love Don't Live Here Anymore. In fact, Delphic's determination to bring together so many possible new directions proves the album's undoing, and it peters out towards the end. Lyrical themes about the "danger of changes" and "growing pains" perhaps tell the story of a typical "difficult second album", with associated gains and losses.
Dave Simpson is a Guardian music critic and author