Song of the Day: The Dutchess & The Duke – Reservoir Park

Kyle Johnson

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Every Friday’s Song of the Day highlights local artists. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Reservoir Park” by The Dutchess & The Duke from their debut album She’s The Dutchess, He’s The Duke on Hardly Art.

The Dutchess & The Duke – Reservoir Park (MP3)

Things seem to be going along royally (pardon the pun) for Seattle’s The Dutchess & The Duke. They are currently on a national tour with the Fleet Foxes (another hometown favorite), their debut full-length was released last month on Hardly Art, and they have generated a ton of genuine indie press. So what’s the deal? Dutchess Kimberly Morrison and Duke Jesse Lortz first started playing together in various incarnations in 2002 though they’ve known each other for years. Like the Avett Brothers, Morrison and Lortz had a punk background before they started traipsing into harmony-laden folk rock territory. Their music is a blend of their rock sensibilities (you can hear Mick Jagger dripping in this song), simple yet soaring harmonies, and clean and direct instrumentation. This selection, Reservoir Park, is likely to stick in your head (in a good way) and it’s easy to see why Hardly Art picked them up after just hearing their 7″.

The Dutchess & The Duke will stop briefly in Seattle for a record release party at The Wild Rose on Saturday, August 9th, before continuing their crazy tour schedule.  For more dates, check out their MySpace page or website. Here they are performing “Mary” at a recent in-store at Criminal Records in Atlanta:

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