Release Date: Feb 25, 2013
Record label: !K7
It’s quite audible that Duologue had the concept of originality in mind when creating their debut, fusing guitars and emotive vocals with a smorgasbord of beats from varying areas of the dance spectrum. The result is certainly a break from template. In Song & Dance the London five-piece have some soaring moments with effortless balance between the real and the manufactured.
If the idea of a band taking all their cues from Radiohead’s post-‘Kid A’ era tickles you, then it’s time to get acquainted with London five-piece Duologue. Frontman Tim Digby-Bell’s falsetto howl is a dead-ringer for Thom Yorke’s, and ‘Cut And Run’ sees him glide over an ‘I Might Be Wrong’-style industrial atmosphere created by steely guitar riffs and choppy beats. Elsewhere the rock chorus of ‘Snap Out Of It’ hints towards ‘Black Holes & Revelations’-era Muse and their move into stadium territory.
Duologue may have taken rather a long time to release debut album ‘Song & Dance’, but it’s proved worth the wait.This is no fresh-faced, bouncy, youthful album; the band’s experience and hard graft is evident from the first track, a guitar rock/electronica love-in, expertly combined with no hint of awkwardness or confusion. The Radiohead comparisons have been many, and that’s due largely to vocalist Tim Digby-Bell’s strong but thoughtful and considered vocals, all lingering falsetto and understated vibrato; basically, at times, he sounds an awful lot like Thom Yorke. Specifically, like Yorke’s debut solo album ‘The Eraser’ because of the machine-like precision of the digital beats and bleeps.