Very much a musician’s musician, Duke Garwood can claim a distinguished list of collaborators and admirers from the elites of rock and blues. His credits include an album of duets with Mark Lanegan, mutual collaborations with Savages (Jehnny Beth contributed vocals to his last record, and he played clarinet on their debut), a split EP with Wooden Wand, and a sideline playing sax with the Archie Bronson Outfit. But despite having released five solo albums he remained something up a cult figure until signing to Heavenly for his mesmeric 2015 record Heavy Love. With Garden Of Ashes he secures his position as not just a musician’s musician, but one who looks set to grow a wider following. It’s a more subdued record then Heavy Love, one in which Garwood strives to create a sense of solace in the face of cruelty and corruption. Heavy Love was an introspective album that pulled its joy from Garwood’s soul; Garden Of Ashes on the other hand is more outward-facing, reflecting what he sees around him and alchemising it into golden, light-flooded beauty. On one level this is beautiful, relaxing music, but there are dark and deep-lying undercurrents. The blackness of Nick Cave and the wisdom of Leonard Cohen are both felt, as is the space out menace of The Doors. (From Musicohm.com)
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