Few artists emerge with a sound they can honestly claim is theirs and theirs alone, but at times this sounds like nothing that has gone before it – WORD
Listed in Qs Top 100 albums of 2006 and one of the most original new acts to emerge in the last twelve months, Duke Special is poised for even greater success with his stunning new single Freewheel, released February 5th. Taken from the critically acclaimed LP Songs From The Deep Forest, the new single is a luscious, opulent gem that bristles with incandescence, grandeur and emotion¦something that has become synonymous with the wonder of Duke Special.
Written by Duke and mixed by Andy Green, Freewheel is one of the LPs most deftly impressive moments and effortlessly separates Duke from his peers. Available on CD, DVD and to download, each format comes with exclusive bonus material.
The CD boasts the stunning B-sides I Think I Am Losing You and Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes with The Divine Comedys Neil Hannon – who Duke recently toured Europe with – while the DVD features a ten-minute short film and the remarkable new video directed by Ryan Suffern, who worked extensively with Steven Spielberg. This is the first time a single format has been used to release a short film.
The video is also available to view exclusively in the VIP media section of his official website, and is a must-see. Meanwhile, the extra digital format of Freewheel is a special, previously unreleased duet recording with David Ford.
Tinged with a Northern Irish lilt and lyrics that could feature in a modern-day fairytale, Freewheel is the perfect balance of old and new boasting the appeal of a three-minute pop song with the incessant charm of an old-school music hall.
Duke Special has announced a 16-date UK tour for February – his first ever full-band, headline shows. Including Londons ULU on February 21st the full list of dates is:
6th LIVERPOOL, The Barfly
7th NEWCASTLE, Cluny
8th EDINBURGH, Cabaret Voltaire
9th GLASGOW, King Tuts
10th STOCKTON, Georgian Theatre
11th LEEDS, Faversham
13th BIRMINGHAM, Glee Club
14th SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
15th BRISTOL, Thekla Social
16th NORWICH, Arts Centre
17th BRIGHTON, Duke Of York’s
19th NOTTINGHAM, Social
20th MANCHESTER, Matt & Phreds
21st LONDON, ULU
22nd OXFORD, Zodiac
28th BELFAST, Ulster Hall
1st DERRY, Nerve Centre