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Video Premiere: "Collagen" by Stanley Duke & The Kindred Spirits

Stanley Duke & The Kindred Spirits
31 July 2019

Stanley Duke & The Kindred Spirits – Photo courtesy of Stanley Duke & The Kindred Spirits

Rising from the smoking garage-blues ashes of Lost Dawn, U.K.-based artist Stanley Duke is about to embark on a new journey. A psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll voyage of eccentric sounds that starts with new single “Collagen”. The single came out on July 26th via Jam X Recordings, and a couple of festival dates surrounding the single launch and a full album are imminent. The next chapter of Stanley Duke is about to begin.

Renowned for his rock star aesthetics, enigmatic presence, and downright likeability, Duke’s The Kindred Spirits has been an inevitable project in the making, incorporating his vast musical influences and inspirations to create a specific, compelling result.

Duke relates, ““It’s been a long time coming that I spread my wings untethered, and I’m deeply indebted to the foundations made in previous musical endeavours. This is a combination of ideas I’ve been absorbing and exploring for years, all inhabiting the same space. The live show will be a blend of rock bravado and something a little more theatrical.”

The Big Takeover is dead chuffed to be hosting the premiere of the glam video for the spacey, retro-rocker “Collagen”. The track traipses through tranquil, daydream verses to heavy, raw choruses, with Duke’s gnarly vocals fluctuating between the calm and the storm in a heartbeat. Combining slick electronics and impressive guitar work, this one flickers between ’80s pop, ;70s rock, and a style only identifiable to Duke.

In the video, Duke dazzles as a glam rock icon (shades of David Bowie?), getting done up by a make-up artist in bold gold paint and dark lips. A thick, black dog collar and scoop-neck shirt completes the look.

Duke’s ready for his close-up, singing with a dead-pan gaze straight at the camera lens in front shining strands of tinsel. Vivid red, blue,green, and yellow hues flash onto his face at times as he stays center stage. Duke finally breaks out with emotion on the guitar solo bit, flailing away at the instrument amid a scattering of balloons, lost – and found – in the musical moment.

More dates to be announced shortly