This epic instrumental number is the title track of Manchester based electro pop-rock group Delphic's debut album. Produced with the techno émigré Ewan Pearson, Acolyte was recorded mostly in Pearson's Berlin studio. Guitarist Matt Cocksedge told The Hounslow Chronicle: "When we eventually started working with Ewan, it just clicked. He'd take things away and I don't know what he did to them but they'd just sound loads better. Often he'd take things away, the little fiddly bits that we'd start slapping on when we were sat recording at home. We'd get self-indulgent and start adding all these synths and layers – he taught us that you don't always need that and sometimes the song can do the work."
Cocksedge admitted to The Sun January 15, 2010 that the band are "passionate about how we want to sound to the point of being control freaks." He added: "With the title track, it took us 18 months to get it right. We are so bad at letting go, we'd probably still be working on it now if we could."
According to the Songfacts dictionary, an Acolyte is someone in church orders in a minor position. He or she could be an attendant or assistant or even a faithful follower.