Does What He Wants finds the perfect balance between facing the harsh realities of life and finding the positive lessons in every experience. A staggering sophomore solo release for Delta Spirit frontman and Middle Brother crooner, Matthew Logan Vasquez, the album is full of the kind of reflections that can only be gleaned from personal experience with struggle and loss. While Vasquez acknowledges the hardships in life, he doesn’t give a free pass for brooding or self-pity, but rather offers hope for better times.
A native of Austin, Texas, Vasquez departs from his traditional Americana-rock roots and nods at a variety of genres throughout Does What He Wants. From the soul-infused organ, background vocals and guitar riffs on “Same” to the Harry Nilsson-esque “Red Fish,” Vasquez pulls from the some of the most iconic music of the ‘60s and ’70s to create a sonically diverse palette.
“While the record doesn’t shy away from the heavy topics of financial strain, death, alcoholism, betrayal and heartbreak, it finds the beauty in struggle of these hardships and reminds us that there’s still sunshine after every storm.”
Although the musical elements ebb and flow seamlessly between genres throughout the album, the narrative stays the same, and can more or less be summed up in the first two lines of “Old Ways”: “Get past it all, it will help you sleep at night / Life’s not fair, I’ll be the first to say you’re right.” Simply put, life’s hard -- deal with it and move on.
The song goes on to critique the human tendency to repeat damaging patterns, even when we know they’ll lead us to the same place. Vasquez also confronts this vicious cycle in his song “Same,” using gritty vocals and shredding guitar to protest falling into a trap of self pity.
While the record doesn’t shy away from the heavy topics of financial strain, death, alcoholism, betrayal and heartbreak, it finds the beauty in struggle of these hardships and reminds us that there’s still sunshine after every storm.
Marmoset is proud to partner with Delta Spirit's Matthew Logan Vasquez, whose songs reflect his own humanity -- artfully crafted to make your heart move, sing, cry and dance. Simply put, Does What He Wants is the ultimate cure for whatever ails you.
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In “Same,” Matthew Logan Vasquez combines gritty vocals, fuzzy synth and shredding electric guitar to build a fiery, optimistic anthem about overcoming adversity. Although the lyrics allude to financial struggles and the discouragement of trying your best and still facing problems, the theme of the song is much like the theme of the whole album -- pain and despair may be there, but it’s all about overcoming them. Featuring Kam Franklin of the Suffers, the upbeat “Same” mixes soulful melodies, a bouncy beat and playfully fluttering strings that remind us all to see the brightness within the dark.