Remnant Of A Remnant

by DUENDE!

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Recorded and Engineered by Matt Verta-Ray and mixed with DUENDE! at N.Y. HED in Manhattan January 31st-February 2nd, 2009. It was mastered by Dave Feeny at Tempermill Studios in Ferndale, MI. The vinyl was produced at Archer Record Pressing in Detroit, MI. Dustin Leslie guests on keyboard, organ, upright piano and guitar. Ray Thompson on Baritone Saxophone.
"Somewhere between Detroit and Phoenix, between the soul and outer space, between the city and the desert, exists the exploded, non-linear, wobbly and wild psychedelic world of Duende — a cross of roots Americana, hard-driving blues rock, and psychedelic-folk (both of the swooning, lava-lamp Brit-pop variety and of the coarse/haunting noise-experimentation variety). Flavorful and blunt, Remnant of a Remnant is the local quartet’s second full-length and certainly their most crisp (in sound) and palatable (in recording); singer/guitarist Jeff Howitt’s yowls and blurts boom right up front over Laura Willem’s hollow pounding rhythms (both find a nice balance of that gruff and tumbly garage style mixed with a freewheeling jazz sensibility); meanwhile bassist Jason Worden brings in a darker groove, a bit smokier and growling, and the fervent noodling of Joel McCune pivot and spiral upward, with pedal jitters and psychedelic howls sliding into bristling hard-rocking riffage. It may take a few listens to get acclimated to what Duende’s laying down — though thick with modesty and charisma, they’re still unapologetically avant-garde in their noisy, ramshackle charge, asking the listener to dig on the twangy vibe right alongside the moan of a theremin." - REAL DETROIT WEEKLY August 25, 2009

credits

released August 28, 2009

Jeff Howitt - vox/lyrics, rhythm guitar, theremin
Laura "The Boom" Willem - drums, aux percussion, vox
"Jelly Roll" Joel McCune - electric guitars, vox
Jason Worden - electric bass, electric guitar, vox

special guest
Ray Thompson - baritone saxophone
Dustin Leslie - keys, farfisa, upright piano

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