I’m here, stuck in traffic, and yet, with a bit of sunshine outside and the new Brownish Black single Life Lessons, and you know what – life’s all ok here. The Portland based octet started out as a three-piece garage rock band, who have expanded and added a soul edge to their garage roots.

Life Lessons immediately kicks in with a retro Motown feel, all dripping with soul and smothered in brass and reed work (damn that Baritone Sax, cleaning up on the changes) but there’s a dodgers twist about it as well, as these sudden left turns mean almost like two classic soul tunes bolted together. Add in the trumpet and sax battling in the middle, and the gospel break down and I couldn’t care less if I were stuck here, on the M1, all day.

Check it out. Its taken from the bands full length album of the same name, out on Breakup Records in May.

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