Durand Jones & The Indications

photo credit: Rosie Cohe

Durand Jones & The Indications have followed up on their excellent LP, American Love Call, with a great new single and video. Here is the info behind the inspiration.

“We put together our first record in our basement, messing around with different styles of soul music. But it was our sweet-soul tunes that got an overwhelming response from people who introduced us to the world of Chicano soul and lowrider car culture. We’ve gotten so much support from lowriders who love bumping our music in their cars, so we wanted to record a song in celebration of those people who enjoy cruising with friends and loved ones in ranflas across the world.”

The video was directed by Jude Gonzalez. “‘Cruisin’ to the Park” to me shows hard work, dedication and family,” says Gonzalez. “Working with the band and bringing our ideas together helped me bring the lyrics to life. Knowing the lowrider community and being able to bring them together was pretty straight-forward, as they were familiar with the band and the music and they were eager to be apart of a band they love.”

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photo by Rosie Cohe

Durand Jones & The Indications are back with their sophomore effort, and first on Dead Oceans/Colemine Records. This is straight-up baby making music in the spirit of late 60s soul. These guys were one of my big misses during SXSW ’18. Looks like I might get another crack down there. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

The group’s second effort, American Love Call, is an album made the way the Indications dreamed it’d sound, a sprawling and limitless equation; grand and cinematic, yet focused on fleeting details. Recorded at Brooklyn’s Studio G earlier this summer, American Love Call is an expansion of the band’s sound, making a leap forward in both style and songwriting. Pulling influence from a variety of sounds like R&B, gospel, early folk rock, and classical music, the Indications’ second effort has a newfound confidence, with Jones’ bellowing voice and Frazer’s soothing falsetto filled out by backing vocals and instrumentation. Thematically, the album covers tough ground, like the danger of simplifying and romanticizing the past, but it also attempts to reconcile, searching for unifying commonalities. Brooding, bold, and pensive, American Love Call is the result of the band fleshing out its craft and elevating its dreamy, old-soul sound.

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I’d never heard of Durand Jones & The Indications until earlier this week. Now I’m hooked and need to see these guys at SXSW. They are going to be releasing a deluxe version of their 2016 debut. I’ve listened to it once and I was immediately reminded me of the late, great Charles Bradley, which is about as high of praise as I can lavish on anybody.

Of their debut, the band reflects, “Three years ago we spent every Sunday in our basement with a 4-track tape machine and a goal: record an album inspired by not only the ubiquitous titans of soul music but also the should-have-beens and the never-weres. With that modest target in mind, we released the record and booked one show marking the occasion. The reception we saw was both humbling and invigorating, and what started as a recording project, became a touring unit with larger aspirations.”

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