Aaron Frazer – “Payback” [Video]

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Aaron Frazer — the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and member of the acclaimed group Durand Jones & the Indications — announces his sophomore solo albumInto the Blue, out June 28th via Dead Oceans, and shares “Payback,” with its accompanying video directed by Eliot Lee.

Following Frazer’s lauded 2021 debut, Into the Blue is expansive—a daring blend of soul, psychedelia, spaghetti western, disco, gospel and hip-hop, representing the impressive range of Frazer’s sonic talents. “It’s the clearest portrait of who I am as an artist,” Frazer says of the album, which sees him maintaining the unmistakable falsetto and classic songwriting he’s known for but with a hip-hop mentality at its core, weaving together genres and production techniques to plant Into The Blue firmly in the now.
Into The Blue was conceived out of heartbreak. Following the end of a long relationship, Frazer moved cross-country from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and embarked on a journey that’s reflected in the album’s themes of grief, loneliness, and searching for healing. Featuring moments of towering arrangements, recalling David Axelrod and Ennio Merricone, Into The Blue is balanced by rawness, incorporating iPhone recordings and one-take vocals. Frazer enlisted Grammy-winner Alex Goose as co-producer for the album, known for his crate-digging samples and collaborations with hip-hop artists like Freddie GibbsMadlib and Brockhampton. Frazer also experimented with samples for the first time on a record, drawing from unexpected sources like 90s R&B group Hi-Five.
Into The Blue’s lead single, “Payback,” is an explosive dance floor heater featuring Northern soul drums, fuzz guitar, shimmering tambourines, and a driving bass line hurtling towards its epic conclusion. “‘Payback’ is about karma,” states Frazer. “When you wrong someone, in love or in life, it has a funny way of coming back to bite you, no matter how much you try to run from it. The music feels like a chase scene, and lyrically that brought me to the idea that payback is on its way, like I’m being chased by my own comeuppance.”

Though Into the Blue is born out of heartbreak, Frazer hopes it leaves listeners with a sense of optimism. “You know, you can still laugh on a day when you’re grieving,” he says, “there’s no peaks without valleys,” but Into The Blue sees Aaron Frazer at new heights.

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