UK Artist of the Week: The Duke Spirit

Sharing the stage over the last decade with Queens of the Stone Age, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, British Sea Power, R.E.M., Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Supergrass, Eagles Of Death Metal, and Jane’s Addiction, The Duke Spirit were rising stars before going on hiatus in 2012.

Now veterans of the UK music scene, The Duke Spirit has returned with their fourth studio album and their first in 5 years, KIN. The band have been through a great deal since their last record, all of which has gone to creating an incredibly mature and diverse new collection of material.

With a range of influences coming together on the album including shoegaze, indie-pop, and rock, the band have created a rich palette that, despite the diversity in musical directions, underpins the album as a cohesive whole. Latest single “Wounded Wing” is a particular stand-out with its sombre piano and gorgeous male/female harmonies, and “Pacific” with its use of a quivering Theremin, exhibits the band’s flair for experimentation.

While singer Liela Moss and guitarist Luke Ford remain the creative force behind The Duke Spirit, guest appearances from Sam Windett from Archie Bronson Outfit and Mark Lanegan add yet more flavours to the record, while working with the legendary Simon Raymonde of the Cocteau Twins has had clear influences on the LP’s textures and production.

All in all, the album represents a triumphant return for the band who look to pick up where they left off four years ago. You can catch them on an Autumn European tour at the dates below. Tickets are available from via the band’s websiteKIN in stores right now.

10th Oct Patterns – Brighton
12th Oct – The Rainbow – Birmingham
13th Oct – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds
14th Oct – King Tuts – Glasgow
15th Oct – Think Tank – Newcastle
17th Oct – Gorilla – Manchester
18th Oct – The Bodega – Nottingham
19th Oct – The Fleece – Bristol
20th Oct – The Scala – London
23rd Oct – Hafenklang – Hamburg
24th Oct – Bi Nuu – Berlin
25th Oct – Kranhalle – Munich
27th Oct – Zakk – Düsseldorf
31st Oct – Point Ephemere

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