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Duke Garwood, Heavy Love (Heavenly Records)




Duke Garwood, Heavy Love (Heavenly Records)
CD Reviews: January 29, 2015

01/29/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Duke Garwood, Heavy Love (Heavenly Records)

Not that you’d think of such a thing, but if you were curious what it’d sound like if Eels decided to go in a Chris Isaak direction, it’d probably be quite a bit like this. Garwood is building off the Black Pudding collaboration with Screaming Trees founder Mark Lanegan, who cites the 45-year-old journeyman as one of his “favorite artists” (I can’t imagine someone collaborating with one of their least-favorite artists, but let’s leave that alone for brevity and all), but he’s done such other stuff as fleshing out the entire sound of the first two Archie Bronson Outfit records as a secret member on clarinet and rhaita. These tunes, chilled and chilling, are amniotic on the one hand and shattered on the other, like witnessing someone slowly coming to grips with a really wild bender from which they’d just awoken. “Snake Man” has the most accurate title, primal, alluring, rightly paranoid. The guy’s a fascinating genius, no question. A Eric W. Saeger





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