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Durand Jones and the Indications – ‘Durand Jones and the Indications’ (album stream) (premiere)
Durand Jones and the Indications hearken back to a time when soul was recorded, performed, and (if possible) heard live. Their music is markedly different from most stuff of its ilk coming out today in that, if there is some electronic wizardry going on under the hood, it’s kept very far away from the musical performance—it’s the kind of thing which should be completely reproducible live, all performed and no sampling or remixing. Durand Jones and the Indications, in that sense, is a bit of a temporal aberration—soul’s remarkable in how stylistically malleable it has been over the years—but there’s always space for some smoothly pained crooning and trumpets in our musical lexicon.
“[The first time I jammed with other Indications Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein],we didn’t stop recording and playing until 4 in the morning. I remember waking up and going to class exhausted, but I didn’t care. All I could think about was the fire work we put in the night before,” says Jones. “From that point I knew that this collaboration was the real deal and I’d be singing till I was dead in my grave.”
Durand Jones and the Indications releases July 1st via Colemine Records. We’ve got an exclusive stream until then. Enjoy.
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Durand Jones & The Indications are Soulful Perfection on ‘Smile’
By Luke O Neil
There are certain types of music that require lengthy introductions in order to pinpoint the multiple layers of genre and influence packed therein. And then there are others, like “Smile,” from Durand Jones & The Indications, that are simply and instantly recognizable for what they are.
The song, which will be instantly appealing to fans of the likes of Charles Bradley and Leon Bridges is the essence of soulful rock and roll.
“‘Smile’ was originally about going through grad school,” Jones, who got his start singing in church in rural Louisiana, explains. “When we were writing this song, I was stressed and miserable when it came to school. People would ask me would ask me how I was doing and I would say, ‘Oh I’m fine,’ just so that we could go on with our day. I wasn’t the only one, I noticed most people did the same thing. So I really wanted to talk about that, trying to get by with a fake smile. I showed up to play music with Blake and Aaron one Sunday and they warped the lyrics around to be a love song. I didn’t mind it though, it definitely worked. But whenever I sing that song, I’m channeling those feelings that bring me back to those crazy ass days.”
“Smile” comes from the group’s forthcoming self-titled debut album, out July 1 via Colemine Records.
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American Songwriter Song Premiere: DYAN, “Days Upon Days”
Written By Annie Adams
Check out indie trio DYAN’s new single, “Days Upon Days,” from their forthcoming debut album Looking For Knives. DYAN consists of Alexis Marsh and Samuel Jones, who make up film scoring duo Alexis & Sam, as well as Daniel Dorff Jr., who has toured in Jim James’ solo band, on the drums and piano.
Looking For Knives, slated for a July 29 release, was written by Marsh, who says it is “about giving up on a relationship, recovering, but ultimately, not being able to find a sense of resolution.”
“Days Upon Days” is directed toward the person from whom I wanted to move on,” says Marsh. “There’s such vulnerability in still feeling,” said the singer. “I couldn’t change; I could only distract myself. Turning the lyrics into an anthem came easily, and then to dance.
“We played around with different ideas but ultimately settled on a minimalistic arrangement to reflect the directness of the lyrics,” said Marsh of the track’s production. “The mix of acoustic and electronic – programmed and organic – is something that appealed to us throughout making this album, and is highlighted in “Days Upon Days” through doubling up a drum machine beat with Dan’s acoustic drums, the bright synth chords with guitar.”