It’s not all sugar and spice for one-man-acoustic-group The Delta Halos, which believe me, is a really good thing. The Delta Halos can walk an easy line between angelic serenades as well as punchy tunes that show a little bit of horns.
When singer, songwriter, producer, musician, jack-of-all-trades Kyle Cregan contacted me about the acoustic endeavor that is pretty much created solely by himself, I had to give it a listen and see what he was up to. And the result? An EP that wows with creativity and resound potential, from start to end.
The Delta Halos wants to take you on a unique musical journey that quite literally dives into a large amount of musical influences, all of which have placed a foot print on mastermind Kyle Cregan’s music. Whether you’re enjoying the electro-bluesy feeling of the track ‘The River’ or taking the laid-back folky road with ‘Stay With Me’ (featured below to listen), the EP itself is an eclectic mix that’s bound to have something for everyone. Kyle has self professed that his music fits “no genre that [he] can think of,” and that’s the truth. But it’s an enlightening truth that really gives the listener the chance to explore the musicality of The Delta Halos. Instead of getting locked into 6 tracks of repetition, you’re surprised at each change and left intrigued by the end of it all.
The variety of The Delta Halos doesn’t stop just with the music — no no, there’s a slew of lyrics to tantalize your ears as well. Gone are the days of albums and EPs full of broken love songs or dance parades on repeat. This EP takes you through a few stories — whether you’re following around the mysterious Adina in ‘Adina Waits’ or lamenting on the pseudo-ballad track ‘Sunshine’. I have to admit, I was waiting for some sort of juicy story behind the very first track, ‘Adina Waits’, after hearing the lyrics: “I’m not the one she’s looking for, but I know one thing’s for sure, and if it’s truly the last time, I’ll say no more.” But Kyle assured me that there may or may not be a mysterious Adina who patiently waits for her love.
“The song starts from an outside, story-type perspective of Adina being alone all the time and yet still loving this guy that is never there when she needs him.” Kyle explains, about the mysterious woman behind the song, “I just had these lyrics jotted down here and there… and once I started getting into writing this song, realized it was all kind of like a puzzle I was piecing together that just fit.”
The puzzle definitely works, as the picture left behind can really captivate the listener, as it obviously did with me. The rest of the EP fairs along the same way, bouncing between telling a story and diving into an emotion; which is one thing that The Delta Halos prides itself on. When asked about the ultimate influences behind his music, Kyle tells me, “I love all music styles, so long as it’s got heart and soul. Which you can always feel just as much as you can hear.”
And while he may not always have pitch-perfect singing, it isn’t a necessity when there’s pure emotion involved. And pure emotion is what you can get with The Delta Halos.