I stumbled across Duologue when one of the many music publications I “like” on Facebook suggested their SoundCloud page. I was absolutely hooked after listening to just the first few seconds of the Memex EP, and since then I have made it my mission to introduce anyone I can to Duologue’s music.
I have been trying and failing to find a well known artist band or genre similar to this group; depending on what song you listen to, the band could sound like James Blake, have Mumford qualities, or even strike the listener as reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky (note: none of which are unfortunate characterizations). Duologue’s singer, Tim Digby-Bell, as quoted by Big Hassle, agrees that “[y]ou could pick some songs and we’d be likened to a folk act, another few and we’d be called dubstep.”
So without a concrete genre or style, I set off on an exploration of this London-based band’s music. After a few months of listening, I have learned that this unique band’s songs seem to offer a new dimension with each listen. Whether it is a lyric that finally makes complete sense, or an instrument initially disregarded which now stands out as a song’s backbone, these songs never grow old.
The resilience of their songs is probably due to the overwhelming diversity of the band; Tim Digby-Bell (vocals) and Toby Leeming (live programming and beats) started making their music together at Edinburgh University and eventually decided that they needed more man-power, bringing in Seb Dilleyston (violin) who had trained with world renowned violinist Maria Eitler. Finally, Toby Lee was invited to play guitar and Ross Stone filled out the five-piece band on bass.
With a couple of albums and singles under their collective belt, as well as a single and an EP that were just released, this group of five talented guys is not wasting any time or potential.
My favorite song: Operator from the Memex EP
Be sure to check out Duologue on SoundCloud and Spotify and let me know what you think below in the comments!
Thank you to Big Hassle Media for much of the biographical information used in this article.