Des Moines retro-soul outfit The Maytags have announced that they will self-release their debut full length, Love Lines, July 1, 2016, and have shared the album’s first single, “Marry Ya”.
Love Lines, recorded at Nashville’s The Bomb Shelter with Andrija Tokic, who has also recorded Benjamin Booker and Alabama Shakes, smolders with the intensity of a relationship that just ended. As much as Love Lines is born out of a breakup, it’s also an artifact of a seven-piece band that has been honing its chops on the road. “Musically we worked our asses off on this,” Dustin Smith says. “Me and Tim got together for the initial writing sessions and really tried to draw a lot of inspiration from the Daptone crew, Stax, Al Green, just to name a few.”
Smith’s lyrics often reference the cultural geography of his Des Moines, Iowa hometown, a music and arts community with a rising national profile highlighted by praise from the Talking Heads’ David Byrne and glowing explorations from Politico and The Atlantic. Smith’s words also help evoke the Maytags’ journey to this sultry nine-song set, one that also runs through Smith’s time in New York — where he studied jazz as a drummer — and the band’s recording sessions in Tennessee.
Check out “Marry Ya” and brighten your day: