Review: Delusive Relics – ‘Chaotic Notions’



A band with a story to tell, Delusive Relics is the new creative flagship of Frank Nik and Anis Oveisi, two musicians and creative visionaries with an unrivalled passion for music. After spending seventeen years playing and performing in Mavara, Iran’s first ever progressive rock band, the Middle-Eastern duo reunited and transformed their sound, forging Delusive Relics from a love of electronic music.


Delusive Relics themselves have described their music as a culmination of genres, throwing around the labels of ‘Synthpop, Industrial, EBM and Electronic Rock’ in attempts to describe their constantly evolving sound. Inspired by artists such as Depeche Mode, Massive Attack and Tangerine Dream, the band’s sound finds itself in the in-between spaces of nostalgic 80’s vibrancy and modern, digital brilliance.


Released earlier this year, ‘Chaotic Notions’ is an eleven-track release that tackles taboo issues head on, with the band using their music as a way to drive a spike of social consciousness into the minds of their audience. As a whole, the album is a colossal release of creative whims and well executed orchestration, bringing together the digital world and organic appeal to create something truly special. Opening track ‘Command Machine’ paints a vivid picture, layering sonic harmonies with the vocals of Nik and guest singer Mackenzie Ninee over a driven rhythm that is perfectly placed by Oveisi’s keyboards. Elsewhere, ‘Come with Me Now’ reveals a softer, more ballad-like sound to the band with its melancholy piano that transforms into a rising rapid-fire drum beat.


‘Paint Your Feelings’ rings with a central theme of freedom of expression, displaying through a transcendent stream of notes that we as human beings have the power to create without boundaries. It’s a theme that is wonderfully backed by the instrumentals making the track one of many highlights on the album. Lead single ‘A Woman’s Diary’ brings to light the topic of gender equality, backing the duo’s message with an emotive and immutable wall of sound, sparking action with a force that is unmatched elsewhere on the album.



Saving the best for last, ‘Chaotic Notions’ ends with a three-part musical saga, with ‘Illusion’, ‘Delusion’, and ‘Hallucination’ marking a defining moment on the record. A trilogy that captures and condenses the creative spirit of the entire release, the tracks evolve from deft experimental tones to fierce dance grooves to lavish, cinematic sequence with an effortless, ethereal quality that is simply irresistible.


Although a debut for the duo as Delusive Relics, it is easy to see the wealth of creative experience that lies behind the record. The album is bold, fearless, and a testament to Franks and Anis’ journey to reach this point, marking not just a triumph for the two artists, but also for the genre.


Score: 9.5/10


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