I’ve got a soft spot for the kind of AM ‘70s smoothness that’s snuck its way into a certain subset of indie in the past few years. There may be no better poster icon for the sound than Drugdealer and with a new single, “Madison,” out today the band’s Michael Collins proves that he’s existing in a permanent pre-dawn haze fueled by second hand dubs of Doobie Brothers, Nick Lowe, and Nils Lofgren. Though, once his voice hits the speakers, there’s an overwhelming urge to reach for Van Morrison as a follow-up to “Madison.” Leaning more towards Wavelength than Tupelo Honey, the new recording marks a shift in Collins’ singing style that came about after a discussion with Annette Peacock about finding his natural range. The result is one of the most lived-in and confident deliveries from Collins yet. No word if this one drops into a full length, but more music is promised to be on the way, so lets hope. The single is out now on Mexican Summer.
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