Delta Spirit Announces New Album With Video Honoring World Down Syndrome Day
Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee
Delta Spirit announced a new album today, and honored World Down Syndrome Day while they were at it.
The video for “What’s Done Is Done,” the first single from the band’s new album, One Is One, features actors Jamie Brewer from TV show American Horror Story and Zack Gottsagen from the film The Peanut Butter Falcon. It was created in partnership with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, which works with other organizations to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome.
Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez has a niece with Down syndrome and worked in an adult transition program for people with disabilities before starting the band. “As a society, we really underestimate the capabilities of the disability community, especially in the creative arts,” he says in a press release announcing the new album.
The “What’s Done Is Done” video was directed by Michael Parks Randa, the creative engine behind previous Delta Spirit videos as well as the 2020 film Best Summer Ever, which was lauded for its inclusivity via characters and actors with physical and developmental disabilities. The video for “What’s Done Is Done” premiered last week at SXSW’s film festival.
“My parents have run a day program for people with disabilities in Massachusetts for the past 50 years, so inclusion and authentic representation in the film industry has always been an initiative for me as a filmmaker,” Randa said in the announcement. “With inclusive films like CODA and Crip Camp getting recognized at the Oscars, it’s encouraging to see some progress being made in the film industry, but it’s much harder to identify progress in the music industry. We hope that the existence of this music video will encourage labels and artists to think in more inclusive terms going forward and that people will support the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.”
Delta Spirit’s One Is One comes out May 20 on New West Records. Watch the video for “What’s Done Is Done” below.