“Nick Duane is a synthpop/indie rock/alternative artist who is creating some very moody and interesting textures with his brand new release “Before the Storm”. “Willett Avenue” is recommended listening for fans of dark, dreamy alt rock – definitely easier to sink into than most more mainstream musical fare. With a patient vocal approach that sounds inspired by David Bowie and Bono with a spot of Talking Heads, the avant-garde passion comes across. I’m impressed.”
IMP Artist Review
“Rhode-Island-based Nick Duane comes to the table bearing good tidings of great independent music, with his third album Before The Storm.
This album has a very original, unique sound. 14 tracks with a vast sonic range, combining classic inspirations such as Simon & Garfunkel, Sufjan Stevens, Prince, The Police and maybe even a little David Bowie at times.. blended together in his own clever way. His style, and self-proclaimed D.I.Y. systematic, is exemplified in a quote from his website: “These days I like to think of writing music as an idea without boundaries, only opportunities.”
My rating: 7.7/10”
“The album is the perfect soundtrack for a rainy highway. I seriously would pick this on 6 occasions out of 5 times right now for any rainy day highway session. Preferably as the driver. The disc also conveys a sense of X Files science fiction, in my opinion, revealed with soberly limited high frequency sonic entities that cleverly refrain from intimidation, and instead are out to invite you into a risk free cosmos-trance. Watch raindrops draw random (?) fractals on the car window in the morning supported by this music to get a spiritual boost. Track number 2, "No Wages", takes you into this Zone pretty efficiently, - think of Blade Runner meets X Files - and this is not the only occasion you will be immersed in this feeling during the spin. Once again, a rather tight and robust - 55 minutes - atmospheric ambient soft rock album with a whole lot of quality stimuli to soak some ears into. Highly recommended.
“Before the Storm is a strong release for Duane. His ability to create different moods by using layers of instruments and vocal lines is commendable, going a long way to bridging the gap between audience and performer throughout the record.
“Nick Duane is a fine example of the indie music scene. He has found his true self through this music.
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