At the moment they may be known mostly for being Anderson .Paak’s live band, but The Free Nationals are ready to put themselves on the map with a debut self-titled album. The group that includes Jose Rios on guitar, Ron Tnava Avant on keys, Kelsey Gonzales on bass, and Callum Connor on drums dropped the album’s first single entitled “Beauty & Essex,” which features Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the Canadian crooner Daniel Caesar. The laid back, grooving track should get listeners excited for the forthcoming album in which The Free Nationals will show the world their own sound.
The song’s plodding pace, angular bass lines, and atmospheric harmonic pads establish a perfect foundation for Caeser’s melodies to glide through the mix. The singer’s effortless delivery is on display as he pines for a romantic partner. Unknown Mortal Orchestra slides seamlessly into the music for the song’s second verse, proving to be an apt counterpart to Caesar. The flawless integration of guests on “Beauty & Essex” bodes well for the future, as the album is set to feature heavy hitters like Kali Uchis, Syd from The Internet, Chronixx, and the late Mac Miller. It’s safe to say that with the success of this single, abundant talent, and an all-star guest list on the upcoming album, The Free Nationals are ready for their moment in the spotlight.