Duologue appeared on my radar last year with the release of their debut album Song & Dance, a mixture of pop and rock with glitchy electronics. Sure, there is a Radiohead influence in there, but please don't dismiss them as another sound-alike. A quality band can still take their influences and develop them into something wonderful. That is exactly what Duologue did on their debut, and they've repeated the feat with new EP Memex.
The four tracks here take on an even heavier electronic direction than their debut. Guitar is still in the mix, but these songs are overwhelmingly awash in electronic beats and effects and synths. Tim Digby-Bell's vocals are a true marvel, practically serving as their own instrument as he soars, primarily in falsetto, throughout each song. The opening title track sees his vocals go in and out of electronic alteration to haunting effect. "Operator" has bouncing beats while retaining a beautifully moody atmosphere.
All four songs actually have an air of uneasiness about them, yet are built on enchanting melodies and soundscapes. It's this mix of tension and beauty that captivates and Memex gives reason to believe my prediction Duologue was a band to watch was spot on. Until the next full length which is due in August, this is a perfect little collection to get acquainted with.
Favorite tracks: "Operator", "Memex"
Memex was released in the U.S. as a digital download only on April 8, 2014 via the Wild Game label. Physical copies can be purchased through the band's website.