Duke Special :Songs From The Deep Forest

PUBLISHED: 11:16 26 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

BELFAST s Peter Wilson wisely decided to dream up a new moniker before knocking out his own music, but he set the bar high choosing Duke Special. Thankfully, the shamelessly romantic and beautifully melodic music here is a solid start, decorated with jaun

BELFAST's Peter Wilson wisely decided to dream up a new moniker before knocking out his own music, but he set the bar high choosing Duke Special.

Thankfully, the shamelessly romantic and beautifully melodic music here is a solid start, decorated with jaunty instrumental flourishes of clarinet and other tart sounds to give a vaudevillian flavour.

Brimming with ideas and strangely chipper melancholy, such as on recent single Last Night I Nearly Died - followed by the line 'But I woke up just in time' - the Duke takes a position on the musical radar somewhere between Rufus Wainwright and Ed Harcourt, but a little more 'pop'.

Definitely worth checking out. 4/5


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