Delerium started in the late 1980s as a side project for Bill Leeb and Michael Balch, who were both at that time part of the electro-industrial group, Front Line Assembly. Balch left the group in 1989, after the release of their first album, ‘Faces, Form & Illusions’. The band was joined by Rhys Fulber soon after. Delerium have blended everything from dark trance, to electro-pop, and since the release of their album, ‘Semantic Spaces’, in 1994, they’ve teamed up with guest vocalists, releasing classics such as ‘Silence’, which featured Sarah McLachlan. More recently, their track ‘Stay’, appeared on their album ‘Mythologie’, which was released on Philadelphia label, Metropolis Records, in 2016.
We’ve met JES before, on ‘Fall Into You‘, her collaboration with German duo, Cosmic Gate, and her solo release, ‘Get Me Through The Night‘ earlier this year. She’s a one woman vocal powerhouse, and is the voice on ‘Stay’. Based in New York, JES is a singer, songwriter, and EDM producer, and is known internationally for her message of positivity. Although her work is primarily in the EDM scene, she’s got a good appreciation of rock and roll, and breaks boundaries with her music, harking back to the sound of the eaerly 2000s, when club music was slowly making its way onto the worldwide scene.
‘Stay’ is a more stripped-down style track for JES. In the video she allows the viewer into her mind, as Delerium lead her into their world of dark electronica. The clip is directed by Olaf Guerrero, and is set over a black backdrop, giving a contrast of JES’s soul, as she waits for her lover to return. An hourglass symbolises time, as JES continues singing and synths restore her broken heart. A forest containing a bright lotus flower blossoms in the darkness, representing beauty and purity. At the close of the clip we see JES laying her head down, while waiting for her prince to return. Ultimately however, she has to put her trust in the universe in order to determine her fate.