Delacey’s “Black Coffee” is exactly what the title tastes like- direct, strong, and to the point. Vulnerably blending who she is and how she’s feeling, Delacey is refreshingly real, not sugarcoating anything on her debut album produced by Ido Zmishlany (Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Camilla Cabello). Working with and writing for many popular artists and songs such as “Without Me”, Halsey’s massive success of a single, and Zara Larson’s catchy “Ruin My Life”, Delacey is stepping into the spotlight herself, presenting a sincere, dark pop vibe with “Black Coffee”. A California native, Delacey’s sound overall is a west coast feeling, hard not to love in all of its brutal honesty.
Singing on the title track “I like the way you see me, yeah no one ever sees me, I’m still a little bitter” Delacey foreshadows how she sees herself through an honest, harsh lens. With "Unlovable", falling in the middle of the tracklist, she dives headfirst into the conflicting way of how we can see ourselves versus how others view you. With a breathy desperateness, the lyrics “you say don’t talk sh*t about the girl I love, you love so hard and I wanna believe you, I wanna believe you, really wanna believe you,” Delacey describes how the person she’s in a relationship with is trying to soften the way she can critically see herself as unlovable. She releases the clear tension of the song in the newly released music video for the track which is effortlessly sensual. With a vintage feel to a modern love with her real-life partner James Alan Ghaleb of Valley Boy, the video is raw and intimate, pulling you into a palpable hazy, dream-like state.
With truthful tracks like “Cruel Intentions” her steamy collaboration with G-Easy, “Too Poor to Live in LA”, a cinematic and stripped down ballad resembling Lana Del Ray, and “The Subway Song”, a lyrically poetic piece with a Lennon Stella vibe, “Black Coffee” is beautifully cohesive as a whole in the midst of its upbeat and melancholy variety. Unapologetically herself with piercing lyrics, this album is a bottle of red wine; you can’t help but to get drunk on Delacey’s sultry vibe and intoxicating vocals. It’s wickedly wonderful.
Written by: Jessica Nolan