Deltaphonic – The Funk, the Soul & the Holy Groove Review
By: Illiam Sebitz
Deltaphonic is a versatile trio with an ear for a groove. They are now releasing their third album, The Funk, the Soul & the Holy Groove, which blends New Orleans funk, soul, and hill country blues-influenced rock n’ roll into a resolute sound focusing on grooving. With ten original songs that feature the core members Andrew T. Weekes on guitar and vocals, Paul Provosty (formerly of Earphunk) on lead guitar, and alternating drummers Trenton O’Neal and Ciaran Brennan, the album also features members of some of the most notable acts in the New Orleans scene today, including backup singer Josh Kagler (The Revivalists), bassist Jerry “Jblakk” Henderson (Big Sam’s Funky Nation), and keys player Andriu Yanovski (BOOGIE T.RIO, Cha Wa). Together, Deltaphonic creates music that is multi-layered, energetic, but always, focused on the groove.
“Liars” is all about the big funky backbeat laid down by the drums. The vocals of Weekes sets in the groove as he does a call and response with the backing vocals. The two guitars spin out a cool riff between choruses. The interlude builds to a funky section for the guitar solo. The layers of vocals and guitars over Henderson’s solid bassline is a fun listen. Provotsky’s guitar solo is melodic and fits the mood.
“New Mexican Rockstar” changes the groove to a 50’s rock feel with a little Tex-Mex country added for good measure. The relaxed feel is still energetic as Weekes sings of a subject we can all relate to and understand. The chorus is big with backing vocals. Provotsky takes another excellent solo that is melodic and filled with texture and colors. The Deltaphonic’s songs always have sections that are varying are rich in layers.
Deltaphonic offers a set of ten tracks that will have something for listeners that like some meat on their groove bones. There are many feels and styles on The Funk, the Soul & the Holy Groove, but the focus on the groove is constant: a winning formula. Provotshy’s guitar playing is a treat, and Weekes has many vocal shades that keep each track fresh sounding. This is a fun listen for sure.
Release Date: April 10, 2020