Bands To Watch #77: Matt Duke

By on Thursday, 29th January 2009 at 4:29 pm

Matt Duke (side)The latest emerging singer songwriter, Matt Duke has been quietly making his way to the top and yes, seemingly like most new artists, he is completely different and unique. He’s got more attitude than competitor James Morrison and, so I’m told, better looks than James Blunt.

It’s safe to say that there are hundreds of acoustic singer songwriters around so why does Matt Stand out? Well his songs have a bit more pop/rock feel about them compared to rivals and there is plenty more modern, electronic effects used than most other acts.

As far as talent goes, you need loads to make see of the others in the music industry and Matt displays his attributes with vast variety and quality.  So what songs should you check out? Well, “Sex and Returns” is a good way to break the ice and along with “I’ve got atrophy on the brain” reveals the upbeat pop sound that makes Matt’s material a little different. But if you’re put in the same category as James Blunt then you need slower, pure piano and acoustic guitar dominated tracks. “Rabbit” and the inventively named “Too much egg not enough Nog” tick this box.

I’m not sure Matt Duke will make it to the top of the top of our charts but he’ll definitely be up there. All the potential and talent is there but the tracks sound, in some ways, over produced. Even though Matt Duke has broken the mould of singer/songwriters with a bit more cest, it sounds a bit on the fence.

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