DUCHESS & THE DUKE, THE: Sunset/Sunrise: CD

Mar 12, 2010

This full-length album on Hardly Art (a Sub-Pop related label) seems to find The Duchess & The Duke fitting fairly well with their label peers: emotionally vulnerable, personal songs with qualities more akin to some Americana than anything alternative. Male and female vocals work together to complement the music that ranges from orchestral to Southern-influenced ditties. It’s a pleasant listen created by obviously talented musicians who…ah fuck it—let’s just put it this way: they’ve toured with the Fleet Foxes. I don’t mean that as a positive or negative, but that put this band’s sound into perspective as they are very reminiscent of said bearded fivesome.

 –kurt (Hardly Art)