Friday, June 17, 2016

Durand Jones & The Indications - "Smile"

Photo by Casey Garnett
There is currently this great resurgence of true old school R&B, and I'm personally thrilled by it. The latest to be handed the torch is Durand Jones & The Indication. On their new single, "Smile," Jones' voice definitely earns comparisons to Leon Bridges. However, the music just has this ever so slight edge to it. It's not a hard or aggressive feel, but more of just a funkier feel. It's combining classic R&B with a dancier feel, but still with live instruments. The sound of the backing band reminds me a lot of The Roots. The whole feel of the track might be caused by the recording process: They recorded directly to tape in a basement in their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. That's pretty much how this style of music should be recorded.

Durand Jones & The Indications self-titled debut will be out on Colemine Records on July 1. You can listen to "Smile" below. For more on Durand Jones & The Indicators, check them out on Facebook.

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