Needle Drop: The Duke Spirit, “Serenade” EP

Not long after the release of their album KIN this year, The Duke Spirit have returned with EP “Serenade.” The EP continues the band’s ethereal touches and wistful indie directions, but there are a few surprises here.

“Serenade” is the real meat and bones of the EP, with Liela’s dreamy vocals tenderly floating above the buzz and drone of heavy synths. It’s this clever opposition of tones that keep The Duke Spirit’s sound inventive and fresh, even after more than a decade.

“Make It Alright” is absolutely spine tingling—the turn of the melody as the verse melds into the chorus is chillingly beautiful. The last half of the EP takes a gentler pace with “Steel Love” followed by “Throw The Water On The Fire”—within four tracks it feels as though you’ve taken an exhilarating emotional journey.

The Duke Spirit continue to produce music that is meaningful, showing they have many strings to their bow. With their last album KIN and this latest EP “Serenade,” it feels as though the band will be sticking around for a long while yet—and thank goodness for that.

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