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The Duke And The King: Contemplative Ballads

When faced with a recent personal tragedy, former Felice Brothers multi-instrumentalist Simone Felice had to make some tough choices: After the death of his first child, he decided to leave the band he'd founded with his brothers. Along with longtime friend and Parliament contributor Robert "Chicken" Burke, Felice formed The Duke & The King.

The band's minimalist folk wades in the waters of nostalgia while retaining contemporary touches. Felice's lyrics pine for the past alongside light acoustic guitar and drizzles of ambient effects, and it works: Instead of the loud, raucous energy of Felice's former band, The Duke & The King favors contemplative ballads and rich storylines. The duo's first album is titled Nothing Gold Can Stay.

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