The Dutchess & the Duke, 'Sunset/Sunrise' (Hardly Art)

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Sunset/Sunrise
Critical Mass
Label: Hardly Art

by Kenny Herzog

Singer-guitarists Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison have a noted Rolling Stones/Velvet Underground jones, but their music sounds equally connected to iconic lo-fi indie naifs Beat Happening. That said, limiting the Dutchess & the Duke's sophomore album to such comparisons feels unfair, because its finest moments ("Let It Die," "Sunrise/Sunset," and the beautifully tortured opener "Hands") -- featuring the duo's heartaching harmonizing -- capture a uniquely tender gloom amid the droning atmospherics.

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