EP – Bird on a Wire EP – Dukes of Ted

Posted by admin on February 9th, 2006

An interesting EP from a band I know very little about. In fact there’s only a few paragraphs on their web site, but never mind, we’ll let the music do the talking.

This EP has an eclectic range of music styles and influences. From the second I heard the first track, “Back on the Road”, the image of Shaft came into my head, but it didn’t last long, as the track quickly moved into a more soulful, R&B groove.

“Bird on the Wire” is an unusual track that somehow fuses a banjo with a sax and delivers something quite interesting. This is obviously a band that loves their music and are not afraid to experiement until they find something they like.

With “Crochet Jay”, the band takes a most unusual turn with a crochet making, hat wearing friend. Now this is too far out there, even for me. The musical style is nice and the song would probably be my favourite if the vocal sections were removed, not just the vocals, but the whole secions leaving the 2 minutes or so in the middle and maybe reworked to be a bit longer.

The final song “The Music” has a nice feel to it and reminds me a alot of the British artist Gordon Giltrap, which is a great compliment to their muscial talets.

Conclusion : This is a great introduction to the band and I’m definitely interested to see how they develop their sound. I’d love to see what they can do with a couple of real mellow tracks. Be sure to check out the band and download their first EP free from the website.

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