Duke Garwood Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood
Mark Lanegan - former Screaming Tree, part-time Queen of the Stone Age - teams up with his old chum Duke Garwood for their second LP in a half-decade (though they’ve worked on some stuff together in between). Lanegan’s vocal performance on With Animals is rote at this point - if you’ve liked his rich baritone in the past (and most people have) then you’ll like it here too - but the music is some of the most interesting he’s been involved with in a while. Full of smoky organs and gently pattering electronic drums, this record is reminiscent of when Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds did a stylistic 180 on Push The Sky Away.
Duke Garwood operates out of South London, but comes fully-equipped with all the accoutrements of the heavy, god-fearing blues. Garden Of Ashes has a simmering sound to it that feels like it could erupt (though it tends not to), with darkly gorgeous imagery of apocalypse and love. It is released on CD and LP by Heavenly.
Duke Garwood is known for his collaborative works with everyone from The Orb to Mark Lanegan. he’s once again given up on teamwork for this new album on Heavenly, his first solo work since 2011. I hate teamwork too. It’s why I do this instead of an office job. Well played, Duke. Smoke voiced and eloquent blues. On vinyl and CD.