There is an air of mystique about Stanley Duke And The Kindred Spirits. In a world where every tiny detail of an artist is paraded on social media, the ambiguity is a welcome change. So what do we know? Hailing from Cornwall, their music is of a psychedelic persuasion, and King Of Pentacles is the latest offering. So all that is left to do is press play and dive right into the track.
Starting with a glimpse of contemporary psychedelia that could be a nod to Tame Impala, it then transforms into a stompy glam-rock swing. The convulsive guitar licks have a warming sense of familiarity that can only serve to endear the listener. King Of Pentacles eventually breaks into a Golden Earring-esque hallucinatory jam. As the guitar pans around the brain, you’ll be left reassured that this is a good trip.
The song is like a pendulum swinging back and forth. It sweeps between progressive jams and psychedelic swirls, while a foundation of glam grooves cement the track together. The record is a product of stylish characteristics plucked from the ’70s bound to entice the retrospective admirers among us. King Of Pentacles is not just a pastiche, Stanley Duke And The Kindred Spirits have carefully selected and combined their influences to develop a space for themselves in 2020. When the music speaks for itself, what else would we need to know?