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Matthew Logan Vasquez returns with his new solo album, Does What He Wants: Stream

on April 14, 2017, 1:30pm

Photo by​ Ben Kaye

On April 21st, Matthew Logan Vasquez will return with his latest solo album, Does What He Wants. In anticipation, the Delta Spirit frontman’s follow-up to last year’s Solicitor Returns is streaming in full below.

When Vasquez set out to write Does What He Wants, he actually had intended to create a new Delta Spirit record. Though he insists the band isn’t broken up, he said in a press release “that’s not exactly where I’m at right now.” Where he is at, however, is a place where he now realizes that what’s good in this world is often only reached by struggling through the dark parts.

That sense of realistic optimism is the running thread connecting the stylistic variance found across Does What He Wants, a record Vasquez says “covers an array of topics, financial troubles, departed friends and lovers, mental illness, fatherhood, betrayal, love, swimming, and fishing.” There are songs like “Tall Man”, for example, a mournful tale about the descent of a man told in the type of slow-burning Americana with which Delta Spirit fans are familiar. “Bad things happen in the song,” Vasquez explained in a press release. “But it all leads to an epiphany. And that is positive. The truth rarely comes to you in an easy way — not unless you’re a wiser person than I am.”

Following that track is the playfully woozy “Red Fish”, the brooding isolation of “From Behind the Glass”, and the driving truth of “Old Ways” (“Get passed it all/ It’ll help you sleep at night/ Life’s not fair/ I’ll be the first to say you’re right”). The album plays like that throughout, with Vasquez switching up the styles he uses to present his poetic musings on life. Behind him in support are The Suffers’ Kam Franklin’s backing vocals, Shakey Graves drummer Christopher Booshada, and the vocal and string talents of The Parkington Sisters.

Pre-orders for Does What He Wants are available through Dine Alone Records and your favorite digital retailers. Before purchasing the album for yourself, however, listen to the whole thing right now below.

Does What He Wants Album Art:

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Does What He Wants Tracklist:
01. Same
02. Fatherhood
03. Fires Down In Mexico
04. Tall Man
05. Red Fish
06. From Behind The Glass
07. Old Ways
08. The Fighter
09. Headed West
10. The Informant
11. House Full Of Music

Vasquez will be supporting the new album on his upcoming spring tour, the dates of which are below.

Matthew Logan Vasquez 2017 Tour Dates:
04/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
04/21 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
04/22 – Lynchburg, VA @ Lynchstock
04/23 – Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival
04/25 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
04/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
04/27 – Washington, DC @ DC9
04/28 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
04/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
05/01 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
05/03 – Detroit, MI @ Pike Room
05/04 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
05/05 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi First Friday
05/06 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
05/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
05/08 – Davenport, IA @ The Raccoon Motel
05/09 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
05/17 – Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher
05/18 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
05/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg
05/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
05/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox
05/23 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
05/24 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset
05/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban
05/27 – Denver, CO @ Larimer