Lee Fields & The Expressions (from the album It Rains Love available on Big Crown Records)
Lee Fields & The Expressions set the Wayback machine for 1965-ish, transporting listeners through a sonic slipstream to the 60’s sound of Soul. The latest release from the band, It Rains Love, is a time capsule, setting the songs free from a deep sleep, the songs of It Rains Loveawaken as fresh as the day the mix of rhythms, guitar chord chops, girl-group harmonies, and a solid backbeat were minted. Lee Fields & The Expressions add touches of studio magic that see “Two Faces” materialize on anxious street beats and a wandering flute melody that follow a trumpet call towards a percussive exit. In the time that Lee Fields & The Expressions reference the sound of Soul music was a welcoming environment that challenged all instruments to experiment. It Rains Lovetakes the same exit, backing street corner Doo-Wop with a sad story and a faint echo of lush strings for “Will I Get Off Easy”, layering “Love is the Answer” with a jazzy psychedelia, and creating a sonic dreamscape for the story/song telling of the title track.
Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, the sixty-something Lee Fields has spent several decades in the sound of Soul. His musical life has been up and down as Lee mentored Soul musicians while he wondered what he would do with his own music and career. Fully embracing the power of music as salvation,It Rains Lovedeclares itself by giving its worldview a beat that channels hotbeds of Soul as it soundtracks styles from Memphis (“You’re What I Needed in My Life”). Lee Fields & The Expressions bounce on a funky rhythmic goodbye (“A Promise Is a Promise”), slap sharp angles in their groove (“Love Prisoner”), and vow forever on a thick backbeat of Rhythm & Blues (“Blessed with the Beat”).
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