Review: ‘Delta Spirit – ‘Ode to Sunshine’’

San Diego quintet Delta Spirit's "Ode to Sunshine" is a riveting, soulful album that blends a folksy sound with a modern edge to create a masterful effort.

San Diego quintet Delta Spirit’s “Ode to Sunshine” is a riveting, soulful album that blends a folksy sound with a modern edge to create a masterful effort. Joyful and unpretentious, bluesy and contemporary, the Delta Spirit twists musical genres to their liking, thus creating a profound effort that defies most labels.

The tunes jaunt around from one genre to the next; “Trashcan” combines a rollicking piano melody with Matt Vasquez’s soaring vocals to create a celebratory tune; the slow and sad melody of “House Fit for Two” combines heartbreaking lyrics with simple notes to create a surprisingly complex tune that would make a great downtrodden drinking song. “Streetwalker” evolves from an effortless jumpy tune to a burgeoning ballad as it progresses, while the track “People Turn Around” would make Arlo Guthrie proud.

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