Delta Spirit – Ode to Sunshine (8/10)

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If it’s not too much of a contradiction to say so, San Diegan quintet Delta Spirit are highly original in their derivativeness, in the same way as The Bees or The Strokes. The band seems connected to the new psych movement, but whereas a band like Animal Collective lift off into the ether with spacey harmonies and synthesisers, Delta Spirit are firmly rooted in roots rock and country.

The result is a rambunctious, irresistible record informed by The Band and The Stones at their torn and frayed best. The song writing and performances are great and varied, from the barrelhouse piano of Trashcan to the anthemic Vietnam/Iraq protest song People Turn Around.

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