Album Review: Durand Jones & The Indications

Album Review: Durand Jones & The Indications

By Ian Bremner

A “soul revival” implies “soul” went away in the first place. Despite losing its place in mainstream consciousness and dancehalls over the years, it never really went away. What makes people appreciate soul music is its inherent grit and personality. Personalities like Leon Bridges and Charles Bradley have launched soul back into pop culture, and the soul soil seems to be as fertile as ever.

Insert: Durand Jones & The Indications. The self-titled album from Colemine Records has been gaining steam and will inevitably be filling up summer playlists. Recorded in the band’s basement in Bloomington, Indiana, the record has that warm, authentic energy commonly paired with classic R&B guitar riffs, fluttering keyboards and the smooth voice of Durand Jones.

Some folks criticize newer soul albums for not “pushing the genre forward” but that begs the question, why does something have to be groundbreaking for full enjoyment? Wherever you choose to ingest your soul music, whether it’s through a pair of headphones or on a back porch littered with empty Tecate cans, soak in what you have in front of you. In the case of Durand Jones & The Indications, it’s a phenomenal debut and modern soul record.