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Into The Blue (Frosted Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl)

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Release Date: 28th June 2024

“Into The Blue’ is the clearest portrait of who I am as an artist. It’s me through
and through,” says multi-instrumentalist Aaron Frazer (of Durand Jones & the
Indications). A daring blend of soul, psychedelia, spaghetti western, disco,
gospel and hip-hop, ‘Into The Blue’ represents the impressive range of
Frazer’s sonic talents.

Frazer maintains the unmistakable falsetto and classic songwriting he’s
known for, but plants ‘Into The Blue’ firmly in the now with a hip-hop
mentality at its core, weaving together genres and production techniques to
form something new.

‘Into The Blue’ was conceived, like so many classic records, out of actual
heartbreak. Frazer moved cross-country from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and
embarked on a journey that’s reflected in the album’s themes of grief,
loneliness, and searching for healing.

“‘Into The Blue’ really means heading into the unknown. That has been the
last year of my life and I’m still in the blue,” Frazer explains. “But there are
also songs here that celebrate love and the giddiness of a new relationship
and all that. That’s part of a breakup to me, processing the whole thing,
remembering the things that were right as much as the things that were
wrong.”

Frazer wrote on every track and played several of the instruments on the
album. The title track is a haunting, resolute anthem, combining cinematic
strings and tough-as-nails breakbeats as Frazer heads west. “Here I go, to a
place where the broken heart knows,” he sings. “It’s all I can do. Back into
the blue.” ‘Payback’ is an explosive dancefloor heater, featuring shimmering
tambourines and driving basslines. Northern soul drums meet snarling fuzz
guitar, hurdling towards its epic conclusion.

The album features moments of towering arrangements, recalling David
Axelrod and Ennio Morricone, balanced by rawness, incorporating iPhone
recordings and one-take vocals. For ‘Into The Blue’, Frazer enlisted
GRAMMY-winner Alex Goose as coproducer, known for his crate-digging
samples and collaborations with hip-hop artists like Freddie Gibbs, Madlib
and Brockhampton. Frazer also experimented with samples for the first time
on a record, drawing from unexpected sources like 90s R&B group Hi-Five.

Though ‘Into The Blue’ is born out of heartbreak, Frazer hopes it leaves
listeners with a sense of optimism. “You know, you can still laugh on a day
when you’re grieving,” he says, “there’s no peaks without valleys,” he says,
but ‘Into The Blue’ sees Aaron Frazer at new heights.

Tracklist

  1. Thinking of You
  2. Into The Blue
  3. Fly Away
  4. Payback
  5. Dime feat. Cancamusa
  6. Perfect Strangers
  7. Time Will Tell
  8. I Don’t Wanna Stay
  9. Play On
  10. Easy To Love
  11. The Fool