The Duke Spirit return with KIN, their first record in 5 years. As well as the band’s own elegant performances, the album also features some considerable guests, including Mark Lanegan and members of Archie Bronson Outfit and Gallon Drunk. The LP is pressed to 180g translucent green vinyl, packed in a gatefold sleeve and accompanied by a handy download code.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 04 May 2016Despite them being an entity since 2003, I have chosen not to even recognise the existence of the Duke Spirit. In my mind they are just one of those ‘Duke’ bands ...alongside er...Thin White Duke. This is their fourth album so they haven’t been enormously prolific however it must take some time to produce music this grand. Opener ‘Blues and Yellow Light’ is the kind of keening enormo-rock that could sound quite happy in a stadium but also has an emanational resonance to it. ’Sonar’ shows what PJ Harvey would sound like if ever she was produced by Mutt Lange but the Duke Spirit don’t make big obvious moves, the songs are subtle, borne out of blues structures and with interesting twists such as the burst towards a chorus that eeks out of the windswept verse in the aforementioned 'Sonar'. In fact Mark Lanegan is the perfect guest here as this music has some of his sweeping intensity. They have elements of grunge, nods to Spiritualized grandeur and just a hint of Siouxie in their sonic stew but what we are talking about here is big rock music shot through with subtlety and poetry. Quite an achievement as too many bands go for the big bucks chorus, the Duke Spirit seem to have more integrity for this. They make you work hard whilst simultaneously creating an ear bashing cacophony.
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