Hot on the heels of the warmly received I Regret featuring Trelawney aka Ben Reynolds, The Iron Duke’s next single features another stunning guest vocal.
Sometimes I Wish featuring Emily C Smith drops on 17th February.
The Duke’s third single, Sometimes I Wish pushes the envelope of his bedroom pop, expanding the production to Spectorish proportions. Sometimes I Wish showcases the gorgeous vocals of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Emily C Smith.
The Iron Duke is the alter-ego of ex-White Ape singer Tommy Mack. Breaking with the brash guitars and scabrous wit of his former band, The Iron Duke makes electro-orchestral pop ballads, mixing twitchy bedroom beats with lush, layered synths and production that nods to Brian Eno and Martin Hannett.
EMILY C SMITH:
“Crepuscular – also evocative and fascinating a bit like Tim Burton’s hair”.
“Strains of Polly Jean, I love it”.
THE IRON DUKE:
“Weird and idiosyncratic…intriguing and puzzling…ghostly echoes of Syd Barret”
– Turn Up The Volume
“Genius lyrics and great vocal delivery”
– Tom Robinson, BBC 6music
THE IRON DUKE is the alter-ego of ex-White Ape singer Tommy Mack. The Iron Duke has a long list of regrets. But he shouldn’t regret this new musing. Musically, an acoustic guitar creates a flamenco vibe, groovin’ all the way to the end. Both peculiar and sticky. I have no regret whatsoever for listening 5 times in a row to this confessional earworm.”
Turn Up The Volume blog“Sometimes you consider an artist ‘yours’ as the mention gets nothing but a shrug from people, but then you go online and they have thousands of plays. This great track currently has 18 views on YouTube, say what? 18? Let’s change that, shall we? I Regret is a great Tom Waits / Jacques Brel missive on things falling apart. It evokes smoky bars and late night regrets (there’s the word!), forgotten loves and blurry (Blur-ry?) goodbyes.There’s a slice of Scott Walker, a dash of Jack/Jacques but if you want a more modern take, there are traces of FINNEAS, who is a long-time Kendall favourite (so much so that I tolerate that caps lock title) and the story telling brilliance of Matty Healy and The 1975. Basically whoever your favourite midnight torch-song troubadour is, you’ll find much to enjoy here, if ‘enjoy’ is the right word for a song about falling apart. It’s great, go listen. Je Ne Regret Rien, as they say. ”
Kendall Lacey’s Webworld“…masterful single….reminds us of the great legend David Bowie, but exhausting personality through the pores, thus building a great artistic identity! Here we have one of the great launches of the year 2022…”
Roadie Music“…naughty flamenco guitar and features sweet tones from Ben Reynolds , aka Trelawney and formerly of The Hundred Handed , for the dark journey of wails of composition…”