Saturday, 5 October 2013

Duologue - Talk Shop/Gift Horse

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Is it just me who always thinks Duologue are a two-piece? It's clearly to do with the name, but really there are five of them in the London experimental electro-pop group, and they seem to be going from strength to strength right now. This is no doubt due to their seamless transition from master remixers to artists in their own right, a change which occurred fully with the release of their album 'Song & Dance' earlier this year. It included singles 'Push It' and 'Cut & Run', as well as the two songs which feature on this new double A-side single that will see the light of day on Monday, and thinking about it, it's easy to see why they're not only in demand for reworking other people's music, but that their own has gone down well too.

Those words: "electro-pop". My computer is pretty much on autopilot when typing them as they get used so often. It's like when all the indie bands decided that they'd "always had a dance element to their music" to try and cash in on baggy and acid house. The current obliteration of walls between genres has meant that electronics are finding their way into everyone's music, but far too often this manifests itself in bands aping other bands or looking to the big hits of the 1980s that still have some form of credibility. Duologue don't do that. They create their own sound: they don't add electronics to their music, these songs include fresh beats, not regurgitated ones, and they include modern techniques, not ones nicked off The Human League. Plus their use of "proper" instruments like guitars and strings doesn't sound crowbarred in, it sounds like an organic part of the fully-formed song. Duologue's secret is that they're modern, they're doing things their own way, not trying to be like other bands who are selling. Oh, and if you haven't already, take a listen. They can write some bloody good songs too.

Duologue's website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

Oct 18 Spike Hill,  Brooklyn, NY
Nov 07 East Village Arts Club, Liverpool, UK
Nov 14 O2 Academy 2 Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Nov 15 Manchester Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Nov 16  Birmingham Institute, Digbeth, UK
Nov 20 Brighton Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
Nov 21 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK

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