Album cover art for Eliza & the Delusionals with white vinyl record popping outSurging with indie esprit, Eliza & the Delusionals’ debut album Now and Then sees songwriters Eliza Klatt and Kurt Skuse plumbing their formative years to produce some of the sweetest coming-of-age diamonds this side of the naughties. We asked Klatt to put together the five songs which most influenced the LP’s stunning sounds.

Garbage, When I Grow Up (1998)

Kurt and I are massive Garbage fans, and they were definitely a band we were turning a lot towards when we were looking for inspiration. This song in particular we thought captured the essence of trying to have your life planned out, but all of a sudden you are grown up and you’re still getting your sh-t together. The production has some really cool elements as well, which instantly draws us to it. Lyrically, this is one of our favorite Garbage tracks.

The New Radicals, You Get What You Give (1998)

This song has such an iconic vibe to it. It’s a big festival vibe, but also just a bit of a 2000s anthem. Kurt and I love the instrument layering, and how it has that uplifting feeling. I always feel good when I listen to this song, and [its] big sound and vibe were definitely channeled into some aspects of the record.

The War On Drugs, Pain (2017)

We are such massive fans of this band, and this album [A Deeper Understanding] in particular. Pain was a real stand-out track to the both of us. We just fell in love with the soundscape that this band creates when they record music, and the overall instrumentation and production. I don’t think we sound anything like The War On Drugs, but we feel really inspired by them constantly.

Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

Coldplay have always been our collective favorite band, and even though I don’t think we sound like them at all, a lot of their earlier records are massive inspirations for us. I chose to include this song because I feel like it encapsulates so much of what we love about Coldplay – really big instrumental builds, incredible lyrics, and the guitar tones and melodies. This is one of our favorite Coldplay records, as well as the song being amazing.

Silversun Pickups, Neon Wound (2019)

We were fresh off tour with this band right before the pandemic hit, and when we first started writing for Now And Then. We admire this band so much, and this song is one of our favorites from their discography. I think we took so much influence from them because we had toured with them, and we were so immersed in their world, that it naturally inspired us as songwriters.

Now and Then by Eliza and the Delusionals is out now via Cooking Vinyl.

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