Third time's a charm! This is the third release by the hugely influenctial UK bassist & composer Hugh Hopper, along with Seattle musicians Fred Chalenor- bass & guitar, Elaine di Falco-Rhodes, organ, Wurlitzer, synth, accordion & voice and Tucker Martine-drums, plus guests.
In addition to the great playing that you would expect, the biggest pleasure about this release is the really rich pieces composed by Hugh & beautifully sung by Elaine. Hugh hasn't worked with songs so successfully [or a singer this good] since Soft Machine Volume Two! And yes, there are lots of fabulous instrumental passage too.
For me, this is one of the very best things that Hugh has done in the last 20 years!
"This is great Hopper writing, fantastic psychedelic music with a hint of experimentation. Delta Flora is one of the most beautiful records to have come out in 1999..."
– Francois Couture/CFLX
"The beauty here is about substance & strong compositional development....natural & effortless. Highly recommended."
– All About Jazz.
“Hopper wrote the bulk of the material, and these are some of the most gorgeous songs he's penned in 25 years.”
"...Hopper juxtaposes the art of noise and enquiring harmonic developments with songs featuring gorgeously delicate melodies....”
– The Glascow Herald
"Fusion of the dark, sultry kind, and a good deal more diverse than many such outings. Hugh Hopper's use of fuzz bass gives the bottom more rumble than you often hear in this style, and constant touches of various brass and flute keep things from getting too static. The numbers with lyrics, sung by keyboardist Elaine di Falco in cool chanteuse tones, are certainly the most melodic and accessible of the tracks. For those who favor the more instrumental and challenging face of prog rock-fusion, there's plenty of more free-form passages and some dissonance, as well as some unsettling electronics that can, as in "Ramifications," verge on sinister new age, if that isn't an oxymoron. Indeed sometimes it seems as if there are two different bands at work here -- one vocal, one instrumental -- but that's what makes it more interesting than a lot of records working the prog-jazz-experimental boundaries. The range of sounds is impressive, although the vibe is more calculated and cerebral than passionate."
– Ritchie Unterberger / AllMusic