When Delta Spirit came out What’s the matter in 2020, it was their first album in six years. Something of a throwback, the album further stretched the band across the sonic map – where elements of folk-rock and Americana permeated their music, but where that also couldn’t be fully explained in these gender boundaries. Now Delta Spirit’s debut album “Villains” – a cut from their upcoming album One is one. Slated for release May 20 via New West, the LP is Delta Spirit’s first since the height of the global pandemic. It’s suitably bright and forward-looking. It is also filled with new musical explorations for the band.
“Villains” is an upbeat indie rock cut. Doused with space electronic synth and rhythm and bass, Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez confidently navigates new artistic territory through his sticky melodies. He recalls themes of coming of age and romance while crafting the tune, telling PopMatters, “‘Villains’ is about finding love and growing to keep it. I was an absolute mess when I met my wife for the first time. We were just friends for three years before it was even possible for us to meet. Nayarit is an area of Mexico where I convinced her to be my girlfriend This is a special memory that I think of often and wanted to commemorate it.