The Sextones, the Reno-based soul and funk group, is due to release their debut album, Moonlight Vision, on April 7th. Mark Sexton (guitar/vocals), Alexander Korostinsky (bass), Daniel Weiss (drums), and Ryan Taylor (keys) compose the band, which has steadily been gaining notoriety and has shared the stage with the likes of Macy GrayZiggy MarleyDumpstaphunk, and Alan Evans (Soulive).

While their music and performances often have a carefree ease about them, the Sextones are a meticulous and exacting musical outfit, with a specific vision for their sound and how to best present it to fans. As such, Moonlight Vision is a treat to listen to, with the entirety of the album recorded in analog at Prairie Sun Studios in Sonoma, California, and with the band spending over a year in post-production refining the album’s sound. By taking classic sounds, modernizing them, and making them their own, the Sextones have carved out a niche for themselves within the modern funk and soul movement, and we are digging every second of it.

To hype their debut album, The Sextones have been kind enough to give us a sneak preview of what Moonlight Vision is about. “How Could I Have Known” is a ballad off the new record that was written by frontman Mark Sexton and bassist Alexander Korostinsky during a drive across the Moab Desert. Sexton had this to say about the track, “The heart of this song is in its vulnerability. We were trying to steer away from a typical love song. This song came about from being terrified of growing up and fearing all the inevitable painful moments in life. . . . It’s definitely my favorite song on the album lyrically.”

You can listen to Live For Live Music’s exclusive premiere of The Sextones’ “How Could I Have Known” below.

You can also pre-order Moonlight Vision via the band’s Kickstarter here and check out their touring schedule via their website here.

[Photo credit: Laura Cooper]