The Duke Spirit - Cuts Across The Land

Amidst reviews of The Duke Spirit missing the boat to super stardom, old school rockers rejoice! Cut Across The Land is an album sizzling in sounds not dead. Remember Mazzy Star, Jesus and the Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the Velvet Underground? Well, if not, you have missed on a powerful time in rock’n’roll.

Help is close at hand for those wanting a bit more grit in the already cheesy indie pop scene. The Duke Spirit captures the soul of when rock was about tight jeans, tambourines and a lot of beer as opposed to crack, new wave funk and granddad’s old pin stripe suits.

The Duke Spirit are sexy, driven and intriguing and Cuts Across The Land has tracks exemplary in fine musical cuisine. Opening with the single Cuts Across The Land passionately opening minds to paisley psychedelica and progressive chord changes challenging still heads to bob and feet to pick up.

Getting faster with Stubborn Stitches and then mulling in a Velvet Underground shuffle in Darling, You’re Mean, Nico and PJ Harvey are awakened in the flesh of lead singer Leila Moss. Her power consumes faint hearts in Win Your Love, and with a few slowed down Mazzy Star-esque tracks later, favourites Lion Rip and Love Is An Unfamiliar Name appear before finishing with the snooty Red Weather.

Cuts Across The Land is a full album of well rounded tracks from dirty blues to sexy rock’n’roll. It’s made of the stuff that lasts, the stuff with soul, and as the indie kid bands return to university to grow up a little bit, The Duke Spirit will continue to have an audience in any country in the world forever more.



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