REVIEW: Matt Duncan – “Everlong/Tell You What I Know”

Over the past few years, Lexington Kentucky-born Matt Duncan has made a name for himself on the indie music scene with his blend of alternative rock and 1970s R&B. He also performs in Hedwig on Broadway, but still manages to keep his music career from slipping into the back burner with various releases through his Bandcamp page. Most recently, he has teamed up with Soul Step Records (who also released his previous album on vinyl) to bring you his latest single,  EverlongTell You What I Know exclusively on limited edition vinyl.

First and foremost, Side A’s “Everlong” is in fact a cover of the 1997 Foo Fighters’ signature song but it’s not what you think. Instead of Grohl and company’s distorted grind and urgent beat, Duncan’s version is a relaxed Al Green inspired R&B groove.

Delicate piano chords, brass harmonies, thick bass and Duncan’s blue-eyed-soul vocals, all come together in a such a way that makes me appreciate the song in a total different, albeit unexpected way. Even though Duncan’s vocal performance is much clearer than Grohl’s, I still haven’t the slightest clue as to what the song is about exactly but in this variation I don’t even care! It’s a love song that only the greats of the 70s could deliver. As one of my favorite 90s alternative rock songs, it might come as a surprise when I say that it actually rivals the original!

Side B’s “Tell You What I Know” is a Duncan original that’s equal parts Billy Joel and Marvin Gaye with subtle nuance of Bob Marley & The Wailers. A mid tempo track that could act a perfect sample of what the rest of Duncan’s albums have to offer. Smooth R&B with an alternative edge that’s both unique and genuine.

Everlong/Tell You What I Know is available on vinyl through Soul Step Records exclusively, in very limited quantities. Like most of the label’s releases, it’s expected to sell out soon and eventually become something of a collector’s item, especially the Wax Mage variants! For me, it’s already flirting it’s way on the list of the best singles released this year! Matt Duncan has a solid catalog of music and is definitely one of the artists to keep an eye on throughout the next few years!

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For more information on Matt Duncan, including history, tour info and contact, please visit him on Facebook

To purchase Everlong/Tell You What I Know on limited edition vinyl, please visit Soul Step Records

 

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Aaron The Audiophile

Son, brother, uncle, musician. I enjoy music of all genres, shapes and sizes, preferably the good kind.

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