With a much delayed rise to (relative) prominence via the twin evils of reality TV (Road to V) and the third series of Skins, London five-piece Duologue have certainly taken their time with their debut album – I mean, Skins was almost four years ago. This begs the question, where have they been, and what have they been doing with their time?
The simple answer to that would be very little. There haven’t been any proper releases from the band, with only a couple of remixes for people like The Drums and Givers to tide us over, and they don’t appear to have been touring much. So what gives? Well, whatever they’ve been up to, they’re certainly back now, bringing with them one of the year’s most interesting debut records.
Duologue’s music is of a similar ilk to a band like Breton, mixing post-dub production with traditional guitar rock, and, as with Breton’s debut, it’s pretty great. But unlike Breton’s record, Duologue are good at mixing things up, throwing in elegiac lullabies like ‘Gift Horse’ alongside the crashing guitars of ‘Cut and Run‘.
But the variety of Song and Dance isn’t what makes it so good – it’s the consistency. Every track offers something new, which is hard to pull off, but Duologue manage it with ease. It’s a remarkable achievement, and one that makes the record an incredibly listenable, genre-bending experiment equal parts Burial, Muse, and Franz Ferdinand. And if that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is.
Basically, Song and Dance is a very, very good record, and I’ll be damned if I’m waiting four years for the next one.
- Matt Mansfield