Up-and-coming Northern New Jersey based rock artist, Chris Deletto, a.k.a. Deletto, released his new album, OldKID, on January 24, 2020. Deletto got his start producing hip-hop, and playing as a touring guitarist for a local hip-hop artist. He has shared the stage with artists such as Machine Gun Kelly, Schoolboy Q, Meek Mill, and Ty Dolla $ign. His new album OldKID is a solemn, powerful album, with a sound derived of unique blends of driving rock riffs, heavy thematic drums, and ethereal vocal samples on top of a cinematic song structure, and songwriting heavily inspired by his own personal struggles and experiences.
On the album, Deletto shares, "The title OldKID can be interpreted for many reasons and most of them will be absolutely correct. The obvious one being that it took me long to do this and I feel a little older now. That is one of the many themes of this album. I describe this album as a rebellious emotional memoir, or my angry sad boy diary. Every one of these songs hits a personal note about something very specific that I have experienced in my life, as well as touching on topics that I think are very important. These songs were all written purposely ambiguous due to the duality of each one.”
He continues, “This album felt like an opportunity to finally open up about a few things and help others connect with some of the similar emotions that I had. My storybook was a little extreme at times, and I have gone through a number of difficult moments, but I always found music helped me push through a lot.” Going through this album, each track is intense, and emotional, with bold, and full, instrumentation, and vocals that are not only powerful, but dynamic. Deletto’s grave, and robust voice powerfully enhances his lyrics, each song creating a really strong build that has you not only bobbing your head, but already singing along. The emotion of each song shines through as each song intensifies in energy. Each track is wildly different, but each story is incredibly well versed in every way possible. There is a really great balance of energy as the album progresses, with some songs incorporating elements of string instruments and light and pretty piano parts, others embracing the full band instrumentation. The album kind of gave me old 2000’s hard rock vibes, reminding me of bands like Disturbed and Stone Sour, but with a really interesting modern edge. But, again, each song is so incredibly different. The first track on the album actually threw me off because it was a slow, singer-songwriter vibe, with a gradual development in energy. The second track with its melancholy feel, is a lot more intense and full.
There is a song for everyone on this album, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I’m excited to follow Deletto on his musical journey, and can’t wait to see where this album takes him.
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Review By: Maddisen V