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Bundy Lore - Album Review: Failures Peach

30 Oct 2021 // A review by Darryl Baser

Duncan Harwood (Dumb Dumb Head, Happy Hearse) releases his debut solo album Failures Peach under the moniker Bundy Lore.

I’ve heard a lot of great first albums and Failures Peach sits nicely amongst them.

Harwood showcases his top-flight musical and songwriting talents in this self-produced work.

Right from the opener Hollow Trees, I was thinking damn that’s a great rock voice, who does that remind me of? And by song four Killing House I had it. Harwood’s voice reminds me of Soundgarden’s late singer Chris Cornell. He has a similar timbre, growl and general style, which is a great thing as Cornell was an outstanding singer and frontman.

The second song, Everybody Knows is a Kimbra tune, however Duncan interprets it and makes his own very well.

In the press pack for the release it says Failures Peach was "recorded on the free recording software that comes with any Apple computer and mixed on an old Makita radio, the kind you would find kicking around on most construction sites".

But I’m calling that out as blatant hyperbole, as it sounds fabulous.

Track 6, Kind, swings into live with a jazzy soulful groove. Like with other tracks on this release, it is recorded beautifully. The following song Melancholic is a more down-beat number, which suits its title.

A few songs later Sing To The Deaf is another laid back blues ballad

Duncan Harwood is a fine songwriter with clear influences in his sound, especially vocally. The result is pure music which is heartfelt and superbly executed at the source.

Failures Peach is a quality full-length album of 13 songs of poetic Indie Pop Rock. Duncan’s songwriting is world class, but one of the stand out tracks for me is his brilliant cover of NZ songstress Kimbra’s song Everybody Knows.

There's a high possibility, you’ll love Failures Peach at first listen.

Rating: ( 3 / 5 )

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Failure's Peach
Year: 2021
Type: Album

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