Stowaway by The Duke And The Dauphin is the result of two weeks of coffee drinking, nostalgia, a sense of perpetual displacement, and friendship. It's a relatable collection, with driving full-production efforts, light pop, dark folk, and intimate love ballads. It stems from the confusion and masochism, bliss and recklessness, illusions and delusions present in the unrequited mind of someone in love.
After the Duke And The Dauphin's first musical effort "Parallel Lines", both members left lakeside with the hopes of making a life elsewhere. Jeffrey left for San Fransisco and Marshall left for New Jersey, both trying to become self-sustaining, hoping to start a career and pursue relationships.
The results didn't live up to the ambitions. They quickly found themselves back in lakeside, starting from square one. While Jeffrey began preparing to move back to Mexico, and Marshall to San Fransisco, they decided to spend the interim time making another collection of songs. The two wrote four new tunes, this time more relatable in message and melody, with an emphasis on larger production.
Stowaway begins with the first track Children of the Village, a driving folk rock tune with harmonies reminiscent of Fleet Foxes and Daniel Rossen, but incorporating a more idiosyncratic rhythm and chord structure. It is followed by Raven's Eye, a much more relaxed and pop-oriented tune, showing hints of The Dirty Projectors and Paul Simon. Tel Aviv reflects the sound of the first EP, and shows clear inspiration from Joni Mitchell. The last track, Hymn to Still Waters, an intimate radiohead-esque piano ballad with sweeping woodwinds, also parallels the style of the last song in the previous EP.
released 26 May 2013
Marshall Hattersley -- Music
Jeffrey Mull - Lyrics
Shannon Stovall - Artwork
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