It was only May last year that we were listening to the progressive 'big music' of the Duke Spirit's 'KIN' but here already is a new one in which they once again get upset by all sorts of subject matter. They are one of the UK's most distinctive rock based acts and here plough further loud furrows accompanied by guests Josh T Pearson and Duke Garwood.
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It's only been a year since the last album from the Duke Spirit and although opener almost exactly replicates last years 'Kin' album in its gothy bluster, there's changes already afoot on 'Bones of Proof' which has a gentle folky feel a million miles away from their usual droney rock. It's quite lovely yet still has that slightly progressive feel as if the DNA of All About Eve has somehow been passed down the generations. It begins a run of quite lovely atmospheric folk music that has taken this listener right by surprise. Tracks like 'In Breath' are beautifully observed gothic folk - you can literally see the mist sinewing through it's chords. They use subtle strings to enhance the bucolic feel of these tracks which are full of autumnal hues showcasing a spacious nest for Liela Moss's distinct vocals.
How this sits with fans of their more energetic rock remains to be seen but tracks like 'Houses' manage to be both poignant and anthemic with a great earworm of a chorus that despite the mid paced and introspective nature of the track is both memorable and catchy. It's an album full of twisting folk melodies which unlike the previous JAMC and Spiritualized nature of their previous work could probably have more in common with Sandy Denny's wooden clogs than any leather jacketed rock.
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