Reviewed by: Stephen Krock
It is rare that when a reviewer is blessed with an ever so graciously short EP that he actually breathes a soft, sad sigh when that fifth and final track comes to an end. Jessica Hernandez & the Delta’s Demons is a bloomin’ onion of an appetizer that leaves your mouth watering for more and more.
The opening and title track is as darkly jovial an indie pop rock tune as one can hope for. Especially if one is a huge fan, as I am, of London-based The Noisettes. Indeed, Ms. Hernandez’s voice is so eerily and pleasantly similar to Shingai Shoniwa’s that they may just be soul mates. Yet Jessica’s has a deeper, darker, slightly more mature edge. “Demons” is an excellent sample platter of what you can expect from the Deltas. Killer hooks, sexy guitar riffs, and a touch of speakeasy jazz that just makes your heart pound and vibrate. “Caught Up” is one heck of a California surfer gal jam and “Big Town” is a delicious Depression-era jazz rock dirge that takes you right down to the city streets of New Orleans. The ethereal, yet grim and guttural “Shadow Boy” slithers like serpent up and down your spine. And the rad and spooky sounding 80s keyboard on the final “Picture Me With You (Carnie Threesome)” is such a raucous, campy hit that just makes you want to do the Monster Mash or the Locomotion. Or something comparable.
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas have displayed a vast range of skill and scope in just five songs, which most bands can’t even do in more than ten. I await their next release with bated breath. Wow. Just…wow.