12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Durand Jones & The Indications’ 2016 self-titled debut started out as the work of a few friends in a Bloomington, Indiana, basement with a four-track recorder, an American Idol karaoke microphone, and a budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $450, beer included. That the album—gritty, but beautiful and laidback—caught on is a testament to both the endurance of classic soul and the appetites of modern audiences for something that doesn’t need to work so hard to reach out and grab you by the throat.

Recorded in a proper studio with the subtle aid of strings and horns, American Love Call only strengthens the band’s case, channeling the sturdy, mellow sound of ’70s vocal groups like The Chi-Lites and The Delfonics (“Don’t You Know,” “Court of Love”) and weaving in subtle references to modern life both lyrical (“Morning in America”) and sonic (the synthesizer flourishes on “Circles”). And while the album is retro at heart, it fits surprisingly well in a contemporary landscape, questing for chill while still offering plenty of detail to sink into.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Durand Jones & The Indications’ 2016 self-titled debut started out as the work of a few friends in a Bloomington, Indiana, basement with a four-track recorder, an American Idol karaoke microphone, and a budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $450, beer included. That the album—gritty, but beautiful and laidback—caught on is a testament to both the endurance of classic soul and the appetites of modern audiences for something that doesn’t need to work so hard to reach out and grab you by the throat.

Recorded in a proper studio with the subtle aid of strings and horns, American Love Call only strengthens the band’s case, channeling the sturdy, mellow sound of ’70s vocal groups like The Chi-Lites and The Delfonics (“Don’t You Know,” “Court of Love”) and weaving in subtle references to modern life both lyrical (“Morning in America”) and sonic (the synthesizer flourishes on “Circles”). And while the album is retro at heart, it fits surprisingly well in a contemporary landscape, questing for chill while still offering plenty of detail to sink into.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

compdude512 ,

A truly excellent, timeless, and classic album

This is the best album I've heard in a LONG time. When some DJ's refuse to touch similar music from the '70s (the Temptations and Tower of Power, just as a couple examples) because they think it sounds tood dated, this album proves that sound is nothing short of timeless and comforting. I'm already looking forward to more!

King Wordz ,

Damn‼️

I Love everything about these guys.
Growing up on Oldies...
This group takes me back in the craziest way.
Noting but props...
I Wish you guys well.

Love...
All Love.

TheConcertSwami ,

Lord Have Mercy!

Truth to power. American Love Call is going to be a classic!

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