It makes sense that Duke Garwood’s new album, Heavy Love, was mixed by Mark Lanegan. Both of them share similar characteristics: both write scorched, ominous songs that draw heavily on the blues and both have ragged, sandpaper-scuffed vocals that seem to cram 100 years into every note. But what make Garwood unique is the distinct sense of pathos deep within each song. You can hear it in every note of this live session of “Heavy Love,” recorded live at 2KHz Church Studios in London. The guitars crackle like bare branches in a winter breeze, and Garwood heaves himself into every note, for a performance that manages to be both stark and wrenching, a valentine scratched into burnt paper, ruined and beautiful.
Heavy Love will be released on Heavenly Recordings on February 10.