Tuesday, April 24, 2012

[Read & Listen] Fitz & The Tantrums - Where Have I Been?

There have been times when I discover an artist farther down the road than I should have - largely uncontrollable, yet still embarrassing (Tommy posting about Michal Menert's new album literally hours after its debut is salt in the wound). This feature is example A; I'm just now getting my ears pleasured by the rock and soul group, Fitz & The Tantrums, and it's been two years since their latest album. Scold me all you want, but at least I'm not letting them slide under the radar completely.

Mayer Hawthorne fans will be over-the-top excited with this one. Fitz & The Tantrums are rocking the whole vintage soul sound well and have seemed to embrace it completely. What's their key to success? A badass vintage organ that gets worked in just about every song; that, and their dress is straight out of a time machine or the nearest Goodwill (basically the same things). But this organ, man does it make this band special. Call it fate: Fitz acquired it when his neighbors moved away, selling everything they owned. By a show of hands, who would take credit for this band's sudden rate of success if that had been your organ? Hell, I would, I'd be gloatin'.

Don't be fooled, however. Fitz & The Tantrums have the whole package with the following highlights: silky vocals from Fitz and Noelle Scaggs, a pivotal saxophone player in James King, and of course the mastered vintage organ played by Jeremy Ruzumna. So long story short, don't be like me and be behind on music you clearly shouldn't be. Listen up now, and develop a new favorite in Fitz & The Tantrums. A big shoutout to Mary Frances and Cliff for this one, you're keeping my head on straight. Oh and did I mention I'm making their entire album, "Pickin' Up The Pieces," available for full stream below? Yeah I'm late, but damn do I deliver.

Purchase more of Fitz & The Tantrums HERE

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