Riaan has travelled the world, exchanging musical ideas and interacting with foreign musicians. Fusing his own ideas with these and local South African influences, he creates dynamic and delicate world compositions while maintaining his originality.
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE FEATURED IN THE JUNE EDITION OF ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE SOUTH AFRICA
Delta Blues man pushes the instrumental envelope
To Record, produce, master, print and distribute a full-blown progressive instrumental Rock Album in South Africa takes balls. Multi-instrumentalist and Delta founder Riaan Nieuwenhuis has them.
The cryptic Afrikaans/English song titles ("Vat Funk", "Day of call", "The way") provide no clues for a narrative or theme - almost like dating a pretty goth-girlfriend who’s a mute. But with some attention to detail and engagement, Instigator becomes a thrashy, virtual reality video game-think real-life Street-fighter. "Inveterate Abstract art" packs some dangerous electronic overdrive droning Trent Reznor smiles. On "Glider", Nieuwenhuis couples with his old Delta Blue band mate and guitar/bass virtuoso Almuir Botha, for a psychedelic jungle funk showdown.
Nieuwenhuis provides the Muse-meets-Deep-Purple organ solos... while Botha slaps sick Les Claypool-like bass shred- it’s unconventional madness, but trance-heads with hearts of prog rock will drool.
Full article by WW available in June issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.