An 80s throwback today, kind of like the bastard love child of Queen, Talking Heads and Culture Club. This is Northern Irish piano-songsmith Duke Special with Nail on the Head – a meandering piece of sub pop that skirts around the edges of new romanticism without ever getting its feet too wet.
The result is something that I don’t think I’ve heard since the late years of the Thatcher era, but it’s also not just a nostalgic homage. This is nicely crafted tunesmanship with a modern twist which I’ve really enjoyed listening to.
Looking forward to taking a closer look at his other stuff once I get the chance. On this showing, it should be pretty good.