Review : Deltanaut – Bells of the Skychurch

Sheffield-based psychedelic outfit, DELTANAUT offer up a taster for their ambitious debut Part 1 by releasing their opening track Bells of the Skychurch early ahead of its full release on 29th June.

Sonically, Bells of the Skychurch is a rich and atmospheric track, combining a psychedelic vibe with prog-rock sensibilities to create a musical experience that cannot be heard anywhere else in Sheffield.


Clocking in at just over 9 minutes, the track is as much a journey as it is a song, its shifting and ever-evolving grooves allow guitarist Luke Jennings to flex his creative muscles and for the rhythm section of Niall Kingdom and Joe Milburn to weigh in with some interesting bass and drum work.

Whilst Bells of the Skychurch certainly has plenty to offer, I feel the tracks length will prove somewhat divisive as your opinion of Bells of the Skychurch will depend heavily on whether you find long instrumental tracks rich and atmospheric or shallow and repetitive. If the track was just a single, Id be left wanting more but the fact that this is Part one of the album gives me a great sense of optimism for the release of Part 1.

Overall, Bells of the Skychurch is a bold and ambitious piece of music and is definitely worth a listen. If this track is any indicator of what we can expect on Part 1, then we could be store for something really special.

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