Duke Special – London Showcase Tonight + 4th Album ‘Look Out Machines’ Out 6th April

Duke Special – London Showcase Tonight + 4th Album ‘Look Out Machines’ Out 6th April

Duke Special 4th Studio Album ‘Look Out Machines!’ Out 6th April 2015 on Stranger Records

London Show Tonight At Century Club + Spring Tour Details

“Magically uplifting” EVENING STANDARD
“Duke is in a world of his own” INDEPENDENT
This is music of magic and soul” THE TELEGRAPH
“Sumptuous, symphonic pop anthem, courtesy of dreadlocked Irishman who sounds like The Flaming Lips crossed with Rufus Wainwright” Q
“Emotive and endearing” GQ
“ Like fellow timeless travellers Arcade Fire and prime Van Morrison the songs favour an otherwordly orchestral arrangement”CLASH
“ The duke’s cowboy-gone-vaudeville dreampop is pitched between Rufus Wainright and the Divine Comedy” UNCUT

Tracks: 1. Wingman. 2. Elephant Graveyard. 3. Step To The Magical. 4. In A Dive. 5. Statues. 6. Son Of The Left Hand. 7. Look Out Machines! 8. Nail On The Head. 9. Tweed Coats. 10. Stepping Stones. 11. Domino.

Duke Special has announced his 4th studio album ‘Look Out Machines!’ will be released April 6th 2015 on Stranger Records.The Ulster born singer songwriter and gramophone impresario, has superbly crafted this new collection of catchy, rousing and lyrically poignant tracks.

‘Look Out Machines!’ sees Duke exploring new musical ground with collaborators including Iain Archer, Phil Wilkinson and Gary Clark and heralds the return of an artist back at the very top of his game; a major difference between his recent output and this album is that, for the most part, Duke has placed himself in the first-person with these songs. The obvious result is a more personal album. Yet as vulnerable as he may be, the spectacular ‘In a Dive’ betrays his inner defiance. “‘I refuse a safety net,” he croons over a beautiful, elegant piano riff, while the sweeping, elegiac ‘Domino’ draws the album to a close on a redemptive note.

The sense of creative derring-do and openness to all possibilities permeates the musical arrangements, too resulting in his most eclectic, unexpected release to date. He himself says “This album is a photograph of where I am right now; it feels like a kind of gathering-in. I’m not quite sure how to describe it. What’s the word where you stay in one place to recharge your batteries, and then you’re ready to go again? It feels like that; almost like a little launching-pad.”

Those who know Duke Special for the platinum album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest‘, and the hit song ‘Freewheel’, may be surprised by the cultural breadth of his work. His immense creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ at London’s National Theatre. From presenting a documentary on the life and times of 50s megastar Ruby Murray to being commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs based on photographs for their exhibition of the photographers Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand. From performing with orchestras such as the Ulster and RTE Concert orchestras, to finishing an unfinished musical by Kurt Weill based on the novel Huckleberry Finn.

Duke has partnered for a second time with fan funding platform Pledge Music to help finance the making of the record. The campaign quickly surpassed its target figure by offering a variety of exclusive items, such as signed CDs, personal house concerts, plus the opportunity to join Duke in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most concerts performed in 24 hours! The record currently stands at 65 shows.

‘Look Out Machines!’ is an epic album from a unique artist. It’s a grand gesture of a record that displays a rare and timeless quality and speaks with a refined eloquence.

DUKE SPECIAL UK TOUR

 

MARCH

WED  11   SHREWSBURY  HENRY TUDOR HOUSE

THU  12   NOTTINGHAM GLEE CLUB

FRI  13   LIVERPOOL EAST VILLAGE ARTS CLUB

SAT  14   WREXHAM CATRIN FINCH CENTRE

SUN  15  BIRMINGHAM GLEE CLUB

TUE  17  OXFORD O2 ACADEMY2

WED  18  EXETER PHOENIX

THU  19  BRISTOL ST GEORGE’S

FRI  20  MILTON KEYNES STABLES

SAT  21  CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION 2

 

APRIL

WED  15  GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL

THU  16  BURY MET

FRI  17  EDINBURGH ELECTRIC CIRCUS

SAT  18  GLASGOW ORAN MOR

SUN  19  GATESHEAD SAGE

TUE  21  LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB

WED  22  NORWICH WATERFRONT

THU  23  BRIGHTON KOMEDIA

FRI  24  SOUTHAMPTON TALKING HEADS

SAT  25  READING BOWERY DISTRICT

SUN  26  CARDIFF GLOBE

 

MAY

WED  13  LONDON ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

www.dukespecial.com

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/dukespecial

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