Let’s get this straight right away: FM Belfast is not from Belfast. They are, in fact, from Reykjavik. They’ve also never driven a DeLorean. No, like the rest of us, they know DeLoreans from “Back to the Future,” a movie title that is also an apt description of the band’s music. FM Belfast offers fuzzy high-energy amped up synthesizer music that could easily be the soundtrack of the future. If the future was filled with bearded giants who were eager to dial up the past on their rotary phones while wearing Daft Punk helmets. (That will make sense once you watch the video.)
Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson, the driving force behind FM Belfast’s electronics (he builds the synths and drum modules by himself), says that, “DeLorean came about after a night of staying awake, trying to finish building my first working synthesizer the made more than just uncontrollable noises. When the synth was done I immediately had to record something. The first thing that came out is the beginning of the song.” The result is something that sounds like a driving beat set to a Star Trek warp drive that is gearing up for god knows what kind of adventure. You don’t know where it’s going to take you, but you know it will be fun getting there.
Magnús Leifsson directed the video with Árni Filippus managed cinematography, Henrik Linnet on special effects, and Sigurður Eyþórsson editing. According to their website, FM Belfast spared no expense in their mission to take their fans on a journey through unforeseen territories of time and space – almost as if they were taking a ride on Marty McFly’s and Doc Brown’s own DeLorean. So buckle your seatbelts, because you’re about to hit 88 miles an hour and there’s a lightning storm coming.
Watch FM Belfast’s “DeLorean”: