For the better part of a decade, Nick Delffs was a staple of the Portland music scene, creating raucous jangle rock with beloved outfit The Shaky Hands and dark, rhythmic folk with his project Death Songs.
But a few years ago, Delffs left the Rose City behind and moved to Boise, Idaho, to be closer to his young son. And while he continued to perform and record, most notably with the band Tiburones, Delffs turned inward and refocused both his songwriting and his life. His 2017 solo release, “Redesign,” reflected those changes.
Directed, edited and filmed by Eric J. Loeffler, with additional shots and editing by Jimmy Howard, the new video for the album’s title track highlights the themes of rebirth and change found throughout the record with a focus on images of constantly shifting silhouettes. The song also features subtle, but beautiful, vocals from his Tiburones collaborator Ali Clarys and playful production that spotlights a reinvigorated performance by Delffs.
The pep in his step isn’t a studio trick. As Delffs told opbmusic during a recent studio session, “It’s exciting to redesign your relationship to what you love to do. I feel like I’ve developed a more healthy relationship with music. It feels less co-dependent as it has in the past. I feel like I need it less. I love it probably more and I actually feel better about it than I have in the past.”
“Redesign” is being issued on vinyl via Mama Bird Recording Co. on Feb. 1, but you can pre-order the album now on a limited run “Blood Moon” red vinyl variant, as well as standard black vinyl.
Nick Delffs performs at Mississippi Studios in Portland on Dec. 20 as part of Mama Bird Recording Co.’s 2nd Annual Winter Wassail. The following night, Dec. 21, Delffs has a gig at Doug Fir Lounge, along with Sera Cahoone and Led to Sea.