Review: Delta Spirit's new album Into The Wide

Published: Sep 09, 2014 23:14pm EDT
By Adrianne Ballif, Music Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Sep 10, 2014 @ 12:01am EDT


Well, they've done it again. Delta Spirit released their newest album "Into The Wide" today, sending all of their fans into cardiac arrest because of how amazing it is. 

Just kidding. That's obviously not true, but it is amazing. This indie/alternative rock band, consisting of five talented human beings sent from the magical gods of music (Jon Jameson, Brandon Young, Matthew Vasquez, Kelly Winrich, and Will McLaren), has created something completely new while still sharing their unique sound. Twelve tracks of beautiful, synthetic chords and honest lyrics made their way into my ears today.

Something I found very exciting about these new tracks were the way they made me feel. Delta Spirit has some older tunes that make me feel pretty mellow and a little bit down. Not in a bad way, of course, just in the way that a talented artist would write a song to portray something sad or upsetting. I still enjoy those songs immensely, but this album made me feel upbeat and inspired. Through every. Single. Song. Isn't that crazy? It's crazy. Even the tracks that are more mellow, like "War Machine", still had me feeling motivated and uplifted. The dark twist in this song didn't change the fact that it was beautiful. My first thought after listening to the entire album was, "I bet these guys are trying to inspire and uplift some people." Turns out, they wrote AND recorded this record in a building that they restored after the Hurricane Sandy devastation. Incredible.

Another fantastically wonderful thing about this quintuplet of musician friends is their way of telling a story through their album. Bands have done it before and went out of their way to make a story from their albums, like The Decemberists and Beach House, but it still seems to be a unique thing among modern day new-releases. "Into The Wide" told me a story. It was a story of loss and a story of love in this crazy, messed up world we live in. It was a story of hope and a story of deep thought. I think this is the reason it made me feel so inspired. The humans in this band are not only musicians, but authors. I respect that will my whole, music-touched heart. Because of this story-telling vibe, I'd recommend you listen to the whole album from start to finish, rather than skipping through songs. If that's not your cup of tea, at least listen to the track titled "Take Shelter" by visiting their website. It is by far my favorite. If I have to beg you, I will. Please?

I'm interested to know what other people will think of this album. Not everyone is into the indie/alternative concoction, but the style Delta Spirit puts into their work seems a bit more open to a wider audience of people. I can see country fans enjoying this. I can see rock n roll junkies enjoying it too. Well done, Delta Spirit.


Comments (5)

  • Anonymous   Sep 10, 2014 @ 08:19PM
    Definitely checking them out! -

  • Anonymous   Sep 10, 2014 @ 06:42PM
    Adri you rock girl!
    Michellle -

  • Anonymous   Sep 10, 2014 @ 05:57PM
    Excellent review! Now let's see if they are as good as this review makes them sound. -

  • Anonymous   Sep 10, 2014 @ 04:45PM
    Now I really want to listen! -

  • Anonymous   Sep 10, 2014 @ 04:36PM
    Wonderfully written review! -

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