Don't You Know - Durand Jones & The Indications

from the album American Love Call (2019)

A lot of times, when I am sitting around with less-than-funky friends, I listen as they bemoan the current state of music for being overly-commercial crap.  I usually lack the energy to all them that they are listening to the wrong music and that, if they took the time to open their mind and their ears, they might find that quite the opposite is true.

The digital age offers musicians with the ability to explore to global lexicon of recorded music and to affordably publish their own recordings to reach their beloved audience.  What could be better than that?

A case in point is Don't You Know by Durand Jones & The Indications.  It is nearly impossible to listen to this song without believing it was recorded by veteran musicians whose heyday past long before many of us were born.

That is not a dig, but rather a compliment.   This song possesses a classic Philadelphia soul sound, full of lush instrumental arrangements and beautiful harmonies.  It is a sound that speaks - not only to a distant time and place - but to the heart.  It is The Delphonics.  The Stylistics.  Loleatta Holloway.  It is heaven.

But the thing about Durand Jones & The Indications is that they are five guys in their mid-twenties who met and formed a band a few years ago, while studying at Indiana University.  You would never guess this by listening to their record.

You see, what my less-than-funky friends fail to realize is that - if you want to listen to great new music in the digital age - you need to get off your lazy ass and seek it out.  Those who do are rewarded.

Click Here to watch the official video for Don't You Know by Durand Jones & The Indications.

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