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Delta Spirit – History From Below

Katie-Nan Coleman


As a first time listener I was unaware of what to expect from Delta Spirit’s second offering History From Below. The album is very instrumental throughout and the vocals of the soulful and charismatic Matthew Vasquez remind me of David Bowie in his earlier years singing Starman and Life On Mars. Opening track 911 is fast paced, cheery and has strong indie rock feel to it. In fact the entire album plays heavily on the guitar and lyrics, even on the slower paced songs.

Devil Knows You’re Dead, Vivian and Ballad Of Vitality offer that same indie rock vibe but mix it with a slower beat and stronger lyrics to leave the listener feeling like they have listened to a few old country songs. This for me shows the diversity of the San Diego band, and when songs like Randsom Man and Salt In The Wound play, you see yet another side to the band and find you’re listening to a laid back, indie rock, soulful album.

Delta Spirit aren’t usually the kind of band I would listen to and having no knowledge of the band or their previous work I was surprised by how much I actually liked the album. I felt like I had been transported back to the early 70’s with each song offering a different feel and from a lyrical point of view, each tells a story that is carefully read against gentle guitar riffs and slow, soft drums.

Scarecrow is one of my personal favourites on the album as it is so tranquil and stands out from the rest of the songs on the album with it being almost acoustic. Don’t be disheartened though if it’s fast, upbeat songs you’re looking for because Golden State and Bushwick Blues offer just that with their up tempo rock beats and fast paced lyrics. Overall the album is a good listen and I would recommend it, even if you have never heard any of their previous work before.