The Dutchess and The Duke
Excellent release from this exuberant folk duo out on Sub Pop subbasement...er subsidiary Hardly Art. The Dutchess and The Duke make spare folk anthems that sweat with the soul of garage and swing by the loose scratchy street corner that folk used to occupy before it got locked up in the bedroom. The garage spirit shouldn't come as too much of a sticker shock with this one considering Kimberly and Jesse have roots in bands like the Intelligence and The Sultanas and they've previously issued a 7" on garage staple Hozac Records. This rough exterior is really what makes She's The Dutchess, He's The Duke a captivating record; it breathes heavy and rocks off its balance ripping bits of Dylan and countrified Stones in the most cohesive and admirable of ways. The songs have the potential to be catchy rockers or lush indie trysts if need be but truthfully they just needn't be, and the ability to know when to hold back makes all the difference.
[MP3] The Dutchess and The Duke - Resevoir Park
[MP3] The Dutchess and The Duke - I Am Just A Ghost
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