New Duke Spirit – “The Step and the Walk”

One of the things I loved about Britain’s The Duke Spirit, was that they seemed to combine the best parts of Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground and some of that grungy, garage-rock in a way that was uniquely their own. Led by Leila Moss, who shimmies around the stage wailing like a banshee and slapping her tambourine as if it were possessed, the five piece band have a new album coming out Neptune.

So far we’re pleased with what we hear, it’s a bit more refined sound and they’ve taken some nice sonic chances, actually improving upon their sound with horn arrangements, glockenspiel, etc.; it doesn’t immediately leave as big impression upon us as their debut Cuts Across the Land, but it does sound like something we’ll listen to more frequently. The band has gone for brevity and that counts for a lot in this ADD musical times we live in.

The first video is for the song “The Step and the Walk” which isn’t a huge departure from the sound of their first album.

They’ve also got a video out for album cut “Lasso”

Mp3: “The Step and the Walk”
Myspace: The Duke Spirit

Neptune is out 4/8 on Shangri La Music, however you can also buy it right now on iTunes. Go figure.

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