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free music friday: the dutchess & the duke
September 4, 2009, 7:02 am
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fmf_dutchessanddukeThe Dutchess & The Duke
‘Hands’

As their name suggests, this Seattle-based band centres around a male / female duo. What is intriguing is that Kimberly Morrison and Jesse Lortz are actually childhood friends and have played in bands before – together and apart – that range in style from R&B to surf and garage. As The Dutchess & The Duke, their musical predilection is for alternative folk songs inspired by 1960s realism with close vocal harmonies and a touch of the American Wild West. The first track to air from the band’s upcoming second album Sunset / Sunrise, out November 2nd through Hardly Art, ‘Hands’ starts in a deceivingly simple manner with keyboard, guitar and vocals both resonant (Jesse) and soft (Kimberly) finding their way in. “I can’t win / I can’t lose / and everything I do is wrong,” they sing nakedly, resignedly. The analogue recording affords a refreshingly distant touch and captures the song’s dynamics well as it builds up slowly. Then just when you think you’ve got the measure of the song, just as the vocals are about to climax, an electric guitar comes in and whisks you away on a melodic journey reminiscent of the soundtrack to a John Wayne movie. Very effective and definitely worth a listen. MP3 after the jump.

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Sunset / Sunrise
01 Hands
02 Scorpio
03 Let It Die
04 Living This Life
05 Sunrise / Sunset
06 Never Had A Chance
07 I Don’t Feel Anything
08 New Shadow
09 When You Leave My Arms
10 The River

 

FREE MP3: The Dutchess & The Duke, ‘Hands’

BONUS MP3: The Dutchess & The Duke, ‘Reservoir Park’ [from 2008’s She’s The Dutchess & He’s The Duke]

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