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Elements Of Surprise

by Delay Tactics

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    Elements of Surprise is the third album by Delay Tactics. The nine song CD comes in a 4 panel digipak featuring artwork by Walt Whitney and design by Tom Carlson.

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Elements of Surprise is the latest release from the techno-pop
instrumental trio Delay Tactics. Produced and recorded by the original members Walter Whitney (keyboards, synthesizers), Carl Weingarten (electric and slide guitars) and David Udell (acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards), with special guest Michael Manring on fretless bass, Elements of Surprise contains all new songs ranging from the pop-ambient sound of ”Viola’s Ascent” to the pastoral and evocative “Acoustic Reprise” to the prog inspired “Shadow of Berlin”, all showcasing the Delay Tactics signature sound.

Short Takes by JD Considine
"This midwestern trio has developed a sound that captures all the quirky pop appeal of Brian Eno's early solo work, while maintaining a compositional rigor that would do Philip Glass proud. Which means that not only are the cuts texturally interesting, they're also delightfully tuneful."

Kay Suzuki (Time Capsule Records / Afrobuddha):
"Deep and transformative. Delay Tactics inhibited a very Amercian aspect, but sounds reminicent of Krautrock and European ambient and balearic movements shine through."

Sally Adams (A Man Called Adam):
"Emotional Rescue keeps uncovering and highlighting not just dub, disco or dancefloor reissues, but most importantly brings projects like Delay Tactics to our attention. Blown away by this new age meets electronica!"


released September 30, 2022

Walter Whitney – synthesizers, electric guitar, manipulated sounds, fizzy guitar, drums, piano
David Udell – electric/lead guitar, steel and nylon string acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards synth, cut and paste.
Carl Weingarten – acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitar, loops, delays
Michael Manring – fretless bass

Recorded and mixed between 2016 and 2022 at:
Multiphase Studios, Alameda, California
Fox & Crow Studios, Bourbon, Missouri
A Little Piece of Heaven Studios, St. Louis, Missouri

Mastering: J. Goody
Design: Tom Carlson
Art: Walter Whitney


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Carl Weingarten Alameda, California

"Carl Weingarten is an American guitarist, photographer, and founder of the independent music label Multiphase Records. Regarded as "one of the best indie musicians working today" by the San Francisco Chronicle, he is best known for his atmospheric sound and use of the slide guitar and Dobro. Weingarten has played a significant role in progressive underground music for nearly 40 years" ... more

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