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This garage-folk duo from Seattle understands that when simple musical elements are balanced with good taste and clever arrangements, something uniquely huge and wonderful-sounding can happen. She's The Dutchess, He's The Duke was recorded on old lo-fi gear with ‘60s electric-guitar tones, tambourines, acoustic strumming, handclaps, woodwinds, airtight vocal harmonies and classic song crafting. Check the singing on "Reservoir Park" and you can imagine what it might have sounded like if one of the Davies brothers from the Kinks was a sister instead. There's a warm, campfire intimacy in "Ship Made of Stone" and the almost anachronistic "Back to Me" plays with a Velvet Underground coolness that nicely contrasts with endearingly bittersweet lyrics of unrequited love. The lyrical phrasings on "Mary" are Dylanesque, but Morrison's indie-pop harmonies save it from sounding too retro for its own good. With so many hip, hairy, indie acts out there trying to mimic bygone cult icons like Marc Bolan and Karen Dalton, it's refreshing to hear a band like this one bringing something new to an old table.

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There's Just Something About This

Sure, they could rely on over-production, pushing buttons on a digital monster of postproduction hardware and tweaking every aspect of their voices into symmetry. They could make themselves sound like every other folk/rock band on the planet. But that would cost the duo the charm of the record and the live "we're just having fun" attitudes. If you're looking for post-production, just press play on your Broken Social Scene record. I saw them at the V.I.P party for the Monolith Festival here in Denver, where they had forgotten their acoustic pickups and could barely be heard. When they jumped off the stage and played for the 50 of us that were actually listening I knew I had found something special. Thanks for a great night guys.

Music For People Who Think There's No Good Modern Music

If 'Between the Buttons' is your favorite Stones' album, but you always wondered what it would sound like with female backup vocals, this is the album for you. This album restores one's faith in the ability of this generation to make good, simple, melodic rock and roll.

really cool !!

album is really good.. they are even better live. saw them the other nite with fleet foxes... coolest people you'd ever wanna see live or meet.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

While Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison have both done time in some of Seattle's most rough-and-tumble garage punk combos, the two found themselves receiving international acclaim in 2008 for their debut album as the Dutchess & the Duke, in which they turned their attention to acoustic guitars and a cool but honest folk-rock-influenced sounds that recall the work of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. Lortz and Morrison first met in high school, where they shared an enthusiasm for beer,...
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