Fruitland, Washington is home to Donnie & Joe Emerson. In the late 1970s, they built their own state-of-the-art $100,000 home studio and recorded Dreamin’ Wild in 1979. The album was pretty irrelevant for nearly 30 years until it was discovered by Jack Fleischer, who is a famous record collector, in an antique shop in Spokane. Many people discovered this album after Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti covered “Baby“.
This album certainly has all of the appeal you could want out of a DIY soul album from the 70s, without sounding too gimmicky to listen to today. Something about Dreamin’ Wild feels off compared to a Marvin Gaye or Bill Withers album, but that sort of contributes to the cult-ish allure of it. They’re by no means talented vocalists, but they play to their creative strengths. The only way to truly understand the mystique of this album would be to actually give it a listen, which you can do so below.