Song Premiere: Matthew Logan Vasquez “Vacation”/“I Love My Boy”
Matthew Logan Vasquez, the Texas-based singer-songwriter and frontman of Delta Spirit, will release his third solo album, Light’n Up, later this month on Feb. 22 via Dine Alone Records, and today we premiere the newest track from the record, “Vacation,” along with the single’s B-side, “I Love My Boy.”
“Vacation is about certain ironies in my life,” Vasquez tells Relix. “First that I travel the world for work, and save all my money so that I can stay home. Also most of my relationships are best described as ‘weak ties.’ I’m fortunate to have lots of great friends living all over the place, but it’s hard to develop past our first experiences. this song makes me want to pick up the phone and call old tour pals.”
Vasquez wrote the songs for Light’n Up at a time last winter when he was separated from his wife and new son, who had both moved to Norway while Vasquez had to stay in the States due to his recording and tour schedules. While the entire album is inspired by the feelings of loneliness and fear of change that the musician encountered during that time, “I Love My Boy” speaks specifically to Vasquez missing his son, Thor.
“I was sitting in our home FaceTiming with my wife and son, who had gone ahead of me to Norway a couple weeks prior,” Vasquez explains. “I had to stay back and record this album before I’d lost access to my studio. On the call I was overwhelmed by sadness that they weren’t with me. Tears welled up in my eyes at the end of our call and I went straight over to the piano and wrote ‘I Love My Boy.'”
Listen to the two tracks below.