Formed out of Indiana College’s Soul Revue and through rehearsals in a basement, Durand Jones & the Indications’ first two albums have been unashamedly retro soul. After the second one, American Love Name, gained worldwide consideration and acclaim, the third broadens their pursuits significantly. With vocals shared between Jones (decrease) and drummer Aaron Frazer (greater), they stretch from floaty melancholia to gossamer funk and disco, with synths and strings. As many as 19 musicians seem on their most lavish concoctions.
Private Space could put on its basic influences on its sleeve (the Isley Brothers, the Temptations and Earth, Wind & Fireplace amongst them) however lockdowns and separation have produced a distinctly fashionable flavour of craving for post-Covid togetherness and higher occasions.
Attain Out is an outstanding track about the hand of friendship. The uptempo Witchoo provides a tiny trace of wistfulness to lyrics anticipating post-crisis dancefloor nirvana (“if the drinks maintain flowin’ I may go all night time witchoo”). Love Will Work It Out brilliantly displays on pre-pandemic occasions (“I sang some songs to heal some souls / Lookin’ again it felt so very way back”) earlier than jolting the listener into grief (“all the folks misplaced made me fall proper right down to my knees”) and contemplation of the up to date US (“modern-day lynchings in the streets that I known as dwelling”).
Nonetheless, such downbeat moments are greater than tempered by the songs’ life-affirming positivity. They tantalisingly anticipate catharsis, and are assembled and delivered with hope, love and affection.