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.
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So freakin’ loud in here today. I’d rather be anywhere else but in our concrete hellhole. Luckily ol’ Duke Garwood knows how to live an easier life. He relaxes all over this new album on the increasingly, consistently good Heavenly. He just ambles about basically, growling quietly over some Tom Waits style lo-fi blues. It reminds me of deserts, the creaking door of a dusty bar in a one horse town, and massive American skies.
The songs have an almost kraut-like intensity despite their quiet nature. Riffs churn round slowly and atmospherically - everything moves at snail pace, the instruments played by feather, the vocal hushed like a man who has been told one more whisky will kill him. I like it. For comparisons think of something that sits somewhere between Mark Lanegan, Steve Gunn, Tom Waits and Giant Sand.
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