Future Classics

Durand Jones & the Indications “Dead Oceans/Colemine Records”


On Morning In America, a well-built stretch of songwriting delivered by the gruff and forthright vocals of Durand Jones, we see, smell and feel the incorrectness going in society at large today. This antiquated soul composition could easily be a lost Bobby Womack anthem.

American Love Call is the sound of Durand Jones & the Indications executing the Trinity on how to deliver a “simpler time in R&B” vinyl record. These five friends who met as students at Indiana University, who recorded their first record in 2016 for $452.11, including a case of beer, use regal strings, falsettos, and pastel horn lines to deliver a Saturday Night Soul Party vibe where everybody clamors to play their fave 45’s.

Listen to Your Heart, a charming odd duck here combines old-fashioned soul with contemporary production trappings. Finally, we get a clear view of what is to come once the attraction for lavish soundscapes fades.


John-Paul Shiver

John-Paul Shiver

SF Music Journalist who writes for @pulplab @sfsonicmag , likes more songs about buildings and food. He's written for several Bay Area Music publications over the past 15 years.