Duotone is pleased to be playing at this year's Oxjam Music Takeover. He'll be on stage at 3pm. Hope to see you there!
Barney Morse-Brown recently had the honor of working with New Zealand singer songwriter Louis Baker for his EP which was recorded at Snap studios, London by Andy Lovegrove (Breaks Co-Op).
The official video for 'Heavy Stone' is below.
So almost a year and a half later Duotone has reached a momentous stage in the creation of his third record 'Let's Get Low'. Soon to be heading off for mastering and manufacture the new album is jumping excitedly around waiting to played!
In support of this new LP Duotone have been steadily cutting, sticking and making behind the scenes with the wonderful film maker Keith Craig on a documentary for the making of 'Let's Get Low' and this will be up online over the next few months.
Becuase the making of this record has been self funded there is one small hurdle that has to be scaled before it can be in your hands.. As well as the obvoius down sides to things taking so long, there have been lots of advantages, one being that the time has allowed me to breath with the creation of the songs, explore new sounds, revisit mixes and ultimately (I hope) create something that I am happy with for a very long time to come! So to help fund the final costs and to be able to leap over this final hurdle with the grace of a highly trained athelete... (ok, maybe not) the album will be up for PRE-ORDER from the beginning of October. Lots more info on this very soon I promise!
Until then... x
It's probably pretty obvious to most of you by now that Barney from Duotone is an avid hat wearer and since his first few tentative outings sporting head wear he's since been know to put that hat on as soon as he falls out of bed..
It would seem appropriate then to say at this point that the lovely people at Stetson Hats have recently come on board and given Barney the opportunity to sport their hats in all their glory.
A recent delivery of a Homburg and wide brimed trilby will feature heavily in Duotone's upcoming album photo shoot for the next record, upholding the tradtion of featuring hats on his album covers! The White Homburg kindly donated by T Snooks in Bridport for the cover of 'Work Harder & One Day You'll Find Her' and the black trilby and Bowler (sported by James Garrett) on the cover of Duotone's second album 'Ropes'.
Below is a video from Stetson which is a wonderful insight into the creation of one of their hats.
More hat talk soon!
Barney Morse-Brown received a glowing review from Oxford magazine 'Nightshift' for his recent performance at The Port Mahon, Oxford. Hosted by Matt Chapman Jones.
Thank you Nightshift.
As promised, here's your chance to listen to another new song which will feature on the new record. Recording sessions have been sporadic but productive with the title track for the album nearly finshed in the last session.
These tracks will only stay on this site for a short while so keep an eye out for the next new one soon.
Since Duotone's last gig at Kings Place in London back in November 2012 there hasn't been much to report from the duo in the way of gigs or recordings.
Looking back on what Duotone had achieved since 2009's 'Work Harder & One Day You'll Find Her' and their second critically acclaimed record 'Ropes' which received rave reviews from Songlines, Electric Ghost, and was acknowledged buy the Observer as one of 20 'hidden gems' of 2012 both Barney and James came to the decision that, for the time being, they would take a break from promoting Duotone together so that they could both focus on their individual work commitments. Barney has since been working with Birdy in her live touring band and James is currently working on a debut solo album which will be out in 2014.
It really can't be underestimated what was made possible by both James and Barney working together. Success is so often more easily achieved by working with like minded people and the rewards have certainly been made more enjoyable when shared.
Duotone will still continue as the name that Barney Morse-Brown works under and the song 'Find the Lines' that has been posted recently will appear on his new record due out in 2014.
Barney and James recently performed at Bristol Folk Festival and were also asked to play a quick song for Songs from the Shed, so here it is.
"The wilfully distinctive duo of Barney Morse-Brown and James Garrett bring dash of strangeness to their spring-clear acoustic guitar lines backed by sombre cello harmonies".
"This is a stunning album - cherish this oasis of delight"
"Highly, highly recommended"
'Certainly a record with more going on under the surface than an initial listen will convey. It is both quietly thought-provoking and tenderly constructed'.
FOLK RADIO UK
‘Ropes’ is a gorgeous record that is immaculately performed and recorded, but which still retains an enticing air of melancholic mystery'
'Barney led a sing-a-long to the heart-rending ‘You Don’t Need Church’— it’s interesting that a song so-titled can sound so sacred'.
OXFORD MUSIC SCENE