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The Sand That Falls

by Duke Garwood

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Duke Garwood has always been a wanderer. His early musical life was spent learning his chops in the then seedy beach bars of My Lai, Thailand. Returning to the UK in the 90s Garwood played around and about in squat parties and blues clubs, before releasing his first album, Holy Week in 2005. This was followed by Emerald Palace in 2007, an album recorded in a lonely hut up on the North Downs . You might also have encountered Garwood adding screeds of brass to Archie Bronson Outfit%u2019s live shows, or playing in The Woodsmen %u2013 all part of the nomadic wanderings of a musician and artist who%u2019s perfectly content to exist and create on his own terms.rnrnNow Garwood returns with his first album for Fire records. Recorded in a vast, deserted house that was as much building site as abode, it%u2019s soon apparent that The Sand That Falls is aptly named. For as Garwood picks his blues and murmurs his songs, time vanishes as he transports you to a world soundtracked by sparse plucking, gentle percussion and his deep, thoughtful vocal. Though steeped in the blues and deeply influenced by his hero Thelonious Monk, Garwood never becomes distracted into reverential homage. There%u2019s a fractured, lo-fi feel to what he does, an unconcern with rigid adherence to tradition. In the scattered sounds and meditative feel, the space in which The Sand That Falls was recorded almost becomes audible in the music.rnrnOn final, title track, made up of hums and the anxious, repeated banging of a drum, Garwood intones %u201Cleave no trace... leave no trace...%u201D So Duke Garwood leaves us, yet again wandering forth in search of musical pastures new.


"Duke is one of the more intriguing characters lugging his six string out into the woods !"
WIRE

"It's in his fracturing of genre that Garwood can actually be found paying fitting tribute to his forebears"
NME

"Visionary, challenging...It takes the blues to a new place."
Maverick

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released August 10, 2009

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Duke Garwood's first paid musical job was back in the late 80s playing guitar on The Orbs seminal Perpetual Dawn taken from their debut album co-produced by Youth. Nearly twenty years and many musical wanderings later Duke Garwood completed a circle by releasing an album on Youths new label Butterfly Recordings. ... more

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