Delta Spirit's self titled 2012 album first brought them to my attention and it reached the outskirts of my favorite releases of that year. 2014's follow-up Into The Wide made me truly take notice of the band as it places at #6 on my year-end favorites list. Originally formed in California, the band released their first EP in 2006 and Into The Wide serves as their fourth full length album.
Deservedly so, Into The Wide has been Delta Spirit's most successful album to date chart-wise. It also earned them a national television appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Their music draws on various influences, there is a rootsy flavor to their rock sound, sometimes straight ahead rock, sometimes a little twangy and others even a little soulful. Into The Wide has straight ahead rockers like "From Now On" and "Live On", the simmering "Push It" is essentially a country-rock ballad, while "Hold My End Up" is an intense, slow building epic of a song. Matthew Vasquez is a powerhouse of a vocalist and Brandon Young's drumming on the album pounds and pulses throughout.
The album closes with my favorite track, the magnificent piano ballad "The Wreck". Vasquez shines on this one, a declaration of devotion from a "wreck" for the unconditional love he gets in return, despite his flaws. It's a powerful song, made all the more so by the vocal performance. "You don't expect apologies. You always see the best in me. I'm the lucky fool that you married," he sings before the song closes with an insistent cry of "My heart beats for only you" repeated again and again. Stirring stuff on Delta Spirit's strongest album to date.
Favorite tracks: "The Wreck", "Hold My End Up", "From Now On", "Live On"
Into The Wide was released September 9, 2014 via Dualtone Records.