Matthew Logan Vasquez
Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., Feb. 12, 2016
Sabbatical from both Delta Spirit and indie supergroup Middle Brother, Matthew Logan Vasquez follows up last year's Austin EP with a full-length as lively and invested as anything he's recorded. A native Texan who spent time in California and New York, Vasquez utilizes Solicitor Returns as an outlet for his copious songwriting output. It's truly a solo effort, with nearly every note on the disc (save two drum tracks and a guitar part) his own. Sonically, there's some departure from the spirited post-punk mixed with folk-influenced melodies of Delta Spirit, but not so much that band faithful will be driven away. The most extreme example, "Everything I Do Is Out," plies angry grunge. There's also gleaming power-pop ("Personal") and a gorgeous piano ballad with Beatle-esque harmonies ("Muerte Tranquila") that closes the set. Solicitor Returns, Vasquez unleashed.