Catching Aaron Frazer live with Durand Jones & the Indications was one thing. However after he released his beautiful album Introducing… earlier this year, we were wondering if we’d ever see him in a live setting. There’s just something so magical about his falsetto vocals that it feels like it’s worthy of experiencing in person. Over the weekend Frazer did just that through CBS This Morning. The three songs from “Bad News,” “Over You” and “Girl on the Phone” all ring as true as they do on the album while echoing new tones in the process.
Watching Frazer play drums on “Bad News” and “Over You,” the magic of the songs soulful presence comes to life. Those vocals dance above the instruments like a heavenly presence or at least from somewhere else. The grooves in the music pop with soul while Frazer digs deep and takes the songs to a new space. Shot in a way that showcases his backing band as much as they do him, the performances give you a new appreciation of what Frazer brings to his songs.
For “Girl on the Phone,” Frazer isn’t behind the kit. The song drips with funky tonal qualities as Frazer belts out into the grooves. The keys sparkle here while the band delivers all of the energy behind the music. The end result is performances from his solo album that stick with you. Frazer places himself on a list of those who can do just as well in a live setting as they can on record. While bringing the songs to life for those of us who’ve been hungry to hear them live.
The videos can be watched above or on YouTube. Introducing… is available to purchase directly from Dead Oceans/Easy Eye Sound on various formats. The albums is also available in all digital outlets or to stream on all platforms.
Image Credits: Photo by Alysse Gafkjen.