Category: Honorary Zouk Artist
Country: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genre: dark ethereal ambient, voiceless industrial soundscapes, and electronic pop music
Record Label: Nettwerk Records
Official Website: http://delerium.ca/
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/delerium
FaceBook Page: http://bit.ly/bgmQea
The Canadian band Delerium is from Vancouver, British Columbia, and was originally formed in 1987, as a side project of the influential industrial music act, Front Line Assembly. Throughout the band’s history, their musical style has encompassed a broad range, including dark ethereal ambient, voiceless industrial soundscapes, and electronic pop music.
Delerium traditionally has been a two-person project, but the only constant member throughout its history has been Bill Leeb. Leeb was a guest musician and early supporter of industrial dance pioneers Skinny Puppy, but after he left in 1986, he went on to create his own project, Front Line Assembly, with collaborator Michael Balch. Later, the two worked on the side project Delerium and released their first album, Faces, Forms & Illusions. After Balch left both Front Line Assembly and Delerium, Leeb worked with Rhys Fulber, and the two released several albums under the Delerium moniker. Those years saw a gradual stylistic change from darker ambient sound to a more danceable sound. After the release of Karma, Fulber left to pursue other interests and Leeb teamed up with producer Chris Peterson to release Poem. 2003, however, saw the reunion of Leeb and Fulber for the release of Chimera, followed by Nuages du Monde in 2006.
Other Delirium projects have included several female guest vocalists, such as Kristy Thirsk, Sarah McLachlan, Leigh Nash, from Sixpence None the Richer), Lisa Gerrard, Jaël, from the Swiss band Lunik, to name but a few. Other than Leeb. only two males have contributed vocals to a Delerium album: Matthew Sweet, “Daylight”, on Poem, and Greg Froese, “Apparition”, on Nuages du Monde.
Of Delerium’s albums, Karma has garnered the most commercial success. Most listeners only know of Delerium from their work produced on the Nettwerk label, as they were relatively unknown in the pop-music scene before the release of Semantic Spaces.
Delerium’s commercial success has hinged largely on the single entitled “Silence”, which featured vocals by Sarah McLachlan. In 2000, three years after the original release of source album Karma, a number of remixes of “Silence”, produced by DJ Tiësto, Airscape, Fade and others, proliferated throughout dance clubs; the interest it generated took the single to #3 on the UK charts and gained considerable radio airplay for the song.
A milestone for the group came when they toured for the first time in 2003. Vocals were provided by Kristy Thirsk and Shelley Harland during that tour. In January 2005, Delerium performed at the One World benefit concert in Vancouver for the 2004 Asian tsunami, where “Silence” was performed live for the first time with Sarah McLachlan, who was also performing at the benefit.
It is the Delirium song “Tili the End of Time” from off of the 1997 album Karma, as remixed by €Festo DJ, that has earned them a place on the Zouk Artist Directory as an honorary Zouk artist.
Delirium’s music was featured in the fifth episode of the Zouk Nation Podcast.