The two albums and two singles released by Friends of Dean Martinez are worth snapping up, because they contain some of the prettiest music the label has ever released. Hailing from Tuscon, Arizona, the group is spearheaded by mastermind Bill Elm, and if you’re reminded of the soothing desert sounds of Calexico, there’s a reason for that, as that duo were key members of the collective for quite some time, well before their own success beckoned.
How best to describe their music? Well…I can’t. It’s beautiful, pretty mellow jazz that’s occasionally psychedelic, lush, and mellow, cinematic in a way that only they can masterfully produce. Though their tenure at the label was brief, they’re still a very active concern, still releasing album after album of beautiful sounds.
One of their specialties has always been their own special take on classic American pop songs. Here’s a great example, a cover of the classic Beach Boys tune, taken from their second album, Retrograde, which was released in 1997. Enjoy!