“The Way That I Do” by Durand Jones & The Indications is Jayson’s DJ Pick this week! The Indications are beloved for their energetic shows, dual lead singers and thoughtful songwriting. However, with one quick look into the band, it’s clear that The Indications are about far more than just music. For example, each Indications album opens with a statement of political consciousness; a musical State of the Union that sets a tone. As Nina Simone once declared, “I choose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That to me is my duty.” The Indications’ most recent album Private Space leans into hope, coalescing around the idea that joy can set us free.
Developed after isolation for much of the year, Private Space is creatively explosive and delights in upending expectations. Throughout, The Indications highlight a collective resiliency – as well as the power of a good song to be a light in the darkness. From ideation to the final album cut, Private Space is a meditation on what gets us through isolation and loss: community, love and friendship. Therefore, as the world slowly resets from the chaos of the past year, Private Space comes at just the right time.
“The Way That I Do” is the lead single off of Private Space. The song is upbeat, and conjures the flicker of a disco ball. Its percussion, keys, and Aaron Frazer’s falsetto come together perfectly. The accompanying video, directed by Weird Life, features Pete & Linda Frazier. Accordingly with the aesthetic presentation of Private Space, the two dance in retro inspired outfits on an old-school stage. You can watch that video here: