Aaron Frazer of Durand Jones & The Indications, has announced his debut album Introducing… The singer’s solo effort is produced by the Black Key‘s Dan Auerbach and is set for release on Jan. 8 via Dead Oceans and Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound. In conjunction with the news, Frazer has released the album’s lead single “Over You” and its accompanying video.
“Over You” is inspired by the northern soul 45s vinyl singles that circulated in the 1960s, says Frazer. The backbeat drums bring listeners to the dance floor even as Frazer laments the darkest moments of a breakup in the soulful single.
“‘Over You’ is a great example of that meshing of styles. It’s rooted in northern soul, but it’s got elements of rock n’ roll that take me back to playing grimy basements in Indiana,” says Frazer. “It’s a heartbreak song, but heartbreaks heal much faster when you can dance em off.”
The 12 songs on Introducing… combine ‘70s soul with Auerbach’s particular sensibilities, and include songs with a message in the key of Gil Scott-Heron, as well as uplifting tales of love told through a blend of disco, gospel, and doo-wop. The album was recorded in a week at Auerbach’s antique and ephemera-laden studio in Nashville following a rapid and prolific songwriting session.
“Working with Dan felt more like seeing an old friend than a first-time collaboration; we immediately connected over so many records we both loved across genres,” says Frazer. “We shared an approach of producing a record with precision but also embracing the flaws and spontaneity that arise during the process. He helped me get outside the pressure to make a record that had to be 100% ‘old school soul.’ I’m influenced by so many styles – soul, hip hop, gospel, r&b, bolero, rock n roll, folk, country – and on Introducing… we bring them together in one place.”
The Brooklyn-based, Baltimore-raised Frazer first came into the international spotlight as the drummer and co-lead singer for Durand Jones & The Indications. His falsetto vocals brought about some of the Indications’ most moving singles including “Is It Any Wonder?” off the group’s first album.
“I had an amazing time making this album with Aaron,” Auerbach tells Billboard. “It has always been a dream of mine to record a full album with all falsetto vocals – his range is a rare gift. I’m thrilled to be here for the moment he fully stepped out from behind the drum kit and up to the mic to make his debut.”
For Introducing…, Auerbach called on a crew of heavy session players — including members of the Memphis Boys (who played on Dusty Springfield’s “Son of A Preacher Man” and Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman”), symphony percussionist Sam Bacco, and several members of the Daptone-Big Crown Records universe.
Check out the single’s psychedelic video directed by Marc Parroquin below.