It’s been six long years, but Delta Spirit are finally on the verge of releasing a new album. The upcoming effort is called What Is There and is set to arrive September 11th via the band’s new label home New West Records. Additionally, the Austin outfit has lined up tour dates for 2021.
According to a statement, the follow-up to 2014’s Into the Wide is dedicated to the late Richard Swift, whom Delta Spirit call “their friend and musical inspiration.” The revered singer-songwriter and producer passed away in 2018 at the age of 41.
What is There was recorded at Sonic Ranch just outside of El Paso, Texas and self-produced by the group. Mixing was handled by studio veteran Tchad Blake, known for his award-winning work for Sheryl Crow and The Black Keys.
After some time spent apart, Delta Spirit are back in full form, and frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez is pleased with how smoothly their reunion has been and optimistic about what’s on the horizon. “I’m really proud of our body of work, but especially proud of where everybody has gotten to now,” he remarked in a press release. “I have a lot of hope for us. I’m grateful for everyone in this band. There’s a lot of raw honesty in the music. It’s a record for right now, instead of pandering to the past. It’s the next step.”
To tease What is There, the folk rockers are sharing “How Bout It” and its official video. The clip was made during the coronavirus era and features footage shot by 70 cinematographers from all over North America. “The result is a celebration of the collaborative spirit of filmmaking, a successful experiment in safely navigating production during the pandemic, and a mosaic of America during this time,” said director Michael Parks Randa.
Check out “How Bout It” below, and then pre-order the new album.
What is There Artwork:
What is There Tracklist:
01. The Pressure
02. It Ain’t Easy
03. How Bout It
04. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
05. Better Now
06. Home Again
07. Making Sense
08. Lover’s Heart
09. Just the Same
10. What Is There
Delta Spirit 2021 Tour Dates:
03/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
03/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
03/26 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
03/27 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
04/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
04/19 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
04/21 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
04/24 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/28 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
04/30 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Indianapolis
05/02 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
For more of Delta Spirit, revisit Vasquez’s interview with Kyle Meredith With… from 2019.