This must be L.A.

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 9.23.17 PMLike butter melting on top of butter.  Apparently Rai Thistlethwayte is well known in his native Australia, and now he’s living in L.A. to try and launch his solo career.  I hope he sticks around.  In fact, if he continues to churn out tracks that are this effortlessly soulful I’ll pay his rent (read: offer up my mom’s couch).

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I’ve always been a faithful man, ’til you came along

There’s something particularly heart-wrenching about the dilemma Lee Fields finds himself in on the eponymous opening track of Faithful Man, a title that given the album’s general tone towards relationships can easily be read as either hopeful or extremely ironic. Now when I say heart-wrenching, I by no means want to imply that Fields (or, just for academic clarity, his narrator) is sympathetic, rather it is the general scope of things that tauts the heart strings. When Fields tells his nameless paramour, “I’ve always been a faithful man, ’til you came along,” it’s already too late, we’re way past the event horizon of infidelity. But as the story unfolds, how faithful could Fields have ever really been? The repetition of that initial claim of innocence renders it impossible to discern whether Fields is really languishing in a first-time transgression or just trying to repeat a lie for so long that it becomes the truth. And while he admits that he’s never felt so guilty, the following assertion of having “never feet so good” doesn’t bode well for the future of our lascivious married man.

“Don’t you make me do wrong,” Fields powerlessly pleads, but he’s talking to himself really, not the seductress in front of him. The question is, can he ever listen?

Faithful Man, which from top to bottom is a spine-tingling block of vintage soul, drops March 13 via Truth & Soul Records.

I’ll never fall in love again

Enjoy this prime opening cut from DeBarge’s 1982 classic, All This Love.

DeBarge – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again