Friday, September 3, 2010

Cuff the Duke - Way Down Here

Cuff the Duke, out of Toronto, are a band that brings back that sound of Laurel Canyon back in the 70's but with an indie update.  Sure they are influenced by the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Tom Petty and others but they bring an updated sensibility that makes the music very much of the here and now.

The opening track, You Were Right, definitely brings to mind After the Gold Rush era Neil Young.  It's all delicate acoustic guitars and harmonies.  Rocking Chair sets that nice little vibe with a little pedal steel weaving its way through the melody.  Like the Morning is not all that different from anything the National has recorded. 

You play this one a few times and it grows on you.  It's a shame that bands like this don't get more attention.  We could use a lot more of this and a whole lot less of what is being dished out by the major labels.  Good stuff.  You can download it at Amazon.

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