Way In Is Out

by DUENDE!

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"Possibly Duende's most realized compositions yet collected — these songs are staggeringly well dressed with a delicious and chilling atmosphere, from wheezing organs to piano chimes and juke joint guitar clangs. "Way In Is Out" feels like a one-two punchy hoedown march. Their Hank Williams interpretation, "Alone and Cruel," is the record's jewel, rousing a spooky nocturnal waltz. The album is full of quavering vocals, drums and bass guitar topped off with a breezy accordion (from its engineer, Dave Feeney) and plodding piano (from Dutch Pink's Dustin Leslie). Way In Way Out's lyrics weigh as heady as Buddhist philosophy, from implications of fortune telling to the lonely spirits of Detroit, all shambled down into "Boss Radio's" freewheeling "big boom boom thump." Those dizzying guitars and minimalist hollow drums of "Boss" pair nicely with the spook-church sanctity of the furling organs. While the bass bends and booms with restraint on those blues shufflers it still manages to explode for supplemental garage rocky/girl-group backbeats ("Stop and Think it Over"). Not only that but the vocals are touched by the bravado of late-'60s rockers that freely lean into more sing-speak spells, flush with a spurring theatricality." REAL DETROIT WEEKLY July 7th 2010

credits

released June 9, 2010

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

special guests
Dustin Leslie - keys, hammond organ
David Feeny - accordion

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