by Guest Contributor Lore J.
Formed in 2010, the french art rock’n’roll band The Dukes release their new album Smoke Against The Beat on July 28th 2017. Known for their combination of visual and musical art, let’s see how this record will transcribe it.
First we note the album cover depicting in cartoon the two members of The Dukes, Vocalist/Guitarist Francois “Shanka” Maigret (No One Is Innocent) and Drummer/Programmer/Vocalist Greg Jacks (Superbus). One is smoking a cigarette, illustrating the “smoke” in the title. In the background is a drum representing the “beat.” This cover is totally in harmony with the title.
On the musical side, Smoke Against The Beat is a very complete 12-track album, with each track unique from the others. There’s a huge diversity between the intention, the intensity, and the sounds themselves. It feels like they’re showing us their whole musical horizon. To me it’s a rollercoaster of vibes, alterning massive riffs, such as “Smoke Against The Beat,” “Black Hole Love,” “The Grey People,” with some more bluesy moody sounds like “Gold Digger” and “Daisy’s Eyes.”
“Genius,” the last song, really sums up the record well. You can feel so many differents shades in the instrumental but also in the vocals. The verse is like a sweet ballad: clean vocals and light instrumentals. Then it goes deeper with the chorus and the interlude between it and the 2nd verse. All along the song, the guitar gives the melodic power with some really well built solos!
Smoke Against The Beat is an awesome journey of dark and light feelings, staying in the same style as their previous records, though maybe we can feel a bit more of modern influences on the rock side. You can’t really compare their music to other genres, proving once again that music is not a matter of defined categories of styles you must fit into, but rather of creating the style that fits you.
Smoke Against The Beat releases July 28, 2017 and will be available for download on iTunes.
iTunes order link: https://itunes.apple.com/mu/album/smoke-against-the-beat/id879594171?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
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