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Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Aaron Frazer has unveiled his debut album, Introducing... The release was preceded by the records lates single, Can’t Leave It Alone. Produced by Dan Auerbach, the track is a testament to his wide-ranging influence and deep gratitude for his musical community.
Speaking of the song, Fraser shares: “I have a soft spot for mid 2000s hip hop with marching band vibes, It just takes me back to the formative songs I heard emanating from 92.3 on my boombox. Yung Wun had ‘Tear it Up,’ Shawty Lo had ‘Dey Know,’ Jay Z ‘Roc Boys,’ Young Buck ‘Get Bucked.’ I wanted to write something in tribute to that sound, and who knows maybe a marching band out there will play it at a football game someday. ‘Can’t Leave it Alone’ is an on-again-off-again anthem for the people who can’t seem to call it quits with their exes. Sometimes when they’re wrong, it feels extra right.”
Across twelve tracks, Introducing... is both loving and gracious, critical without losing hope, and a showcase of a young artist on a soulful ascent. Working with Auerbach, Frazer works to combine ‘70s soul with Auerbach’s particular sensibilities, intertwined 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. 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 members of the Daptone-Big Crown Records universe.
Introducing... is out now! Listen to Can’t Leave It Alone below.