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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Neptune from the Desert

posted by on January 23 at 14:38 PM

dspiritplayer.jpgUK band the Duke Spirit have an album coming out February 4th called Neptune. The album named for the God of the sea was recorded in the desert at Joshua Tree’s Rancho de la Luna Studio. The godfather of desert rock and Masters of Reality man, Chris Goss produced. (See Queens of the Stone Age, Soulwax, and UNKLE.)

Guitarist / pianist Dan Higgins said, “We thought it would be perverse to take these songs written in England and drop them in the middle of the desert.”


Neptune races and coils. The band is honed but free swinging. Singer Leila Moss sticks a sugared blonde knife in your heart. She has a prowess of the ages. So does the band. Elemental pieces of the 60’s have shuffled back into the puzzle and they’re firing off.

Listen to Neptunehere. (Drag the note you’ll see to the side.)

The Duke Spirit have shows in New York on Feb. 13th & 14th. They’ll be at SXSW too.

Here’s the band in Joshua Tree talking about the recording and the album:

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So glad that this is finally coming out; seems like they recorded it ages ago, even if it only was last summer.

Pappy and Harriet and Rancho in one video -- makes missing the high desert a little easier and a little harder all at once.

Posted by rlv | January 23, 2008 3:24 PM

I keep writing them and begging them to come to Seattle.

Posted by trent moorman | January 23, 2008 3:34 PM

I can't imagine that we won't be included in the tour for Neptune.

Am terribly bummed that I'll be missing the NYC shows by a day!

Posted by rlv | January 23, 2008 9:33 PM

Really looking forward to seeing them at SXSW.
And agreed, it would be great if they'd come to Seattle.
Cuts Across the Land had some great songs, including the title track.
Very Pixie-ish.

Posted by rk | January 24, 2008 8:20 PM

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