Durand Jones And The Indications "American Love Call" LP
Durand Jones & the Indications aren’t looking backwards. Helmed by foil
vocalists in Durand Jones and drummer Aaron Frazer, the Indications conjure
the dynamism of Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, AND the Impressions. Even
with an aesthetic steeped in the golden, strings-infused dreaminess of early
‘70s soul, the Indications’ sophomore LP, American Love Call, is planted
firmly in the present, with the urgency of this moment in time.
The Indications’ 2016 self-titled debut was the product of friends who met
as students at Indiana University in Bloomington, In., recorded for $452.11,
including a case of beer. American Love Call, the band’s sophomore LP is
instead the record the Indications dreamed of making, fleshed out with
strings, backing vocals, and a newfound confidence in songwriting.
Blending a slew of influences from years spent crate-digging, guitarist
Blake Rhein says the Indications approach songs in the same way hip-hop
producers do, as likely to pull inspiration from ‘70s folk-rock or classic R&B
as they are Nas’ Illmatic.
“Did I expect to do this shit once I got out of college? Hell no,” Jones relays,
laughing. “Totally not. But this is what God is telling me to do – move and
groove. So I’m gonna stay in my lane.”