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Delta Spirit 6/21/10 + Video

Delta Spirit 6/21/10
Written by Nick Cowan
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  • Date Recorded: June 21, 2010
  • Artist / Band: Delta Spirit
  • Hosting Show: The Space Parlour
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

While on tour with Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, a previous guest in our studios, Rounder records artist Delta Spirit came by the KDHX studios to play a few tunes from the brand new record, History From Below.

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The band has two albums and one EP under their belt since forming in San Diego in 2004. Everyone in the band has equal songwriting credits. While one member might write most of the lyrics or melodies, everyone gets input about how it plays out for the whole band. That open approach is no doubt what makes the songs sound so effortless.

Delta Spirit's sound falls somewhere in between indie rock and Americana. Jangly guitars in places, driving rhythm in others, steel guitar in others. Rich characters and stories bring the songs to life. When the lyrics become political, they don't preach to you. The same is true for songs that touch on faith. Overall, they can make you think about complex topics in an accessible way (sometimes adding an anthemic, sing-a-long chorus for good measure).

The band makes judicious use of the studio. Restraint is shown where big arrangements could have easily expanded the music. Instead, little accents are added to the already solid arrangements. This approach delivers the kind of music that doesn't lose any of its power live. The music is deep enough that you can study the lyrics and sound or just listen casually on your drive home. Check them out for yourself in this set.

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