The Los Angeles sextet Fitz & the Tantrums traffics in a vintage neo-soul sound that originated when front man Michael Fitzpatrick started tinkering around with an antique church organ. FATT, in its current incarnation, eschews heavy rock guitars in favor of smooth, fluid keys, saxophone, and flute. In the past year, they've been riding the public's newly energized enthusiasm for soul and funk, brought about by retro acts like Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Jamie Lidell. The band's first full-length, Pickin' up the Pieces, was released in August — you've probably heard "Winds of Change" in the commercial for the HTC G2 Smartphone — and is bursting with swinging melodies, crisp drums and handclaps, and sweet Motown harmonies.
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