The Duchess and the Fox (Joe McGinty, Andrea Diaz)
Release Neo-Noir Cabaret EP Every Night,
Streaming on Spotify
“[A] deep, dark, cinematic nature. This is serious, refined music and powerful.”
“It could almost work on Broadway if its sound and subject matter wasn’t so insular, but instead, think of it as Mercury Rev knocked off their space-age pedestal and back to Earth.”– Stereogum
“…heart-wrenching” – Paste
“Diaz’s voice is rich and full, and McGinty’s arrangements are never so baroque that they threaten to overwhelm all of Diaz’s subtleties.” – Impose
“…stunning” – Ellenwood
“[I]t’s hard not to feel a little depressed. It’s not because the quality is lacking; quite the contrary, actually. It’s that they have put so much care into their craft that it bleeds through everywhere.” – Media Detour
Today, Psychedelic Furs/Ryan Adams/Nada Surf/Ramones associate Joe McGinty’s most recent project, a nouveau cabaret duo with Andrea Diaz of Superhuman Happiness, comes to fruition. The pair, performing under the name The Duchess and the Fox, release their EP Every Night today, a collection of dark, piano-driven tunes with a distinctly noir feel.
The two came together after Andrea Diaz stepped forward at a piano karaoke night. Joe recalls, “I’ve probably played piano for thousands of singers on my piano karaoke nights. Even after just one song, I knew there was something special about Andrea. I was intrigued when she left her contact information. Soon after… we started writing songs together.”
The title track, for which the Casablanca-esque video premiered on Paste, sets the tone with its sweeping, understated drama. Also featured on the EP is the track “St Vitus”, following a premiere on Stereogum, inspired by a quick glimpse of the Greenpoint, Brooklyn bar of the same name during a whirlwind night.
The EP is a collection of dark romantic ballads that brings back the feel of a dimly lit, smoky cabaret – an aesthetic and sound that not many are attempting these days. In Andrea’s words, it’s “a throwback to an era of glamour that Joe and I both appreciate. It’s highly sensual piano cabaret music with a solid dose of New York nightlife flavor and grit.”The EP is officially streaming on Soundcloud today, and the duo will be playing a release show tonight (February 9) at The Red Room in Manhattan – a perfect setting for the songs to come to life.
- Every Night
- Half Face Man
- St. Vitus
- Blue River
- Vice and Virture
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