Born on the Bayou, schooled singing in church and formally educated at Indiana University, Durand Jones is the latest phenom to breathe new life into old soul — or “deep soul,” as some are calling it. His debut album as Durand Jones & the Indications, made with writing/production duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein, plumbs those depths with big grooves, screaming horns, chalky drums, wandering organs, scratchy/tickling guitars and a voice that’s a little bit Curtis Mayfield. The album, out on Cleveland-based Colemine Records, has been piling up some accolades, but our favorite is what the Milwaukee newspaper had to say, calling it “soul music that’s so much of the old school that it might as well drive a car with fins.” Fans of Charles Bradley and Leon Bridges will have another slab of vinyl to add to their collection, and if the wax is a little bit scratchy, that’s fine. Have a towel handy to wipe off your forehead.
||| Stream: “Durand Jones & the Indications”
||| Also: Watch the video for “Make a Change”
||| Live: Durand Jones & the Indications, making their first West Coast tour, perform at the free, all-ages Tarfest on Saturday. The band also plays tonight at Claremont McKenna College, Friday night at Mrs. Fish and Monday night at It’s a School Night at Bardot.