ABOUT "Theory of History: Part 1":
Munk Duane is taking a new approach with the release strategy of his 6th album "Theory of History", which will be delivered in the form of a two part entry over the course of 2017.
Munk explains, "With such a tight listener focus on singles in today's market, I am essentially releasing the album in smaller batches of 'collected singles'. Given current listener habits, it's simply easier for them to engage and absorb 15 minutes of music rather than a full length album. I will always be an evangelist of the long form album format, but to ignore modern listener trends feels short-sighted to me. This strategy also has the benefit of allowing more touches with my fan base, more frequently, throughout the year. Should be a fun experiment".
The music on "Theory of History" is deeply rooted in modern interpretations of Soul, Pop and Blues, with tips of the hat to everyone from Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye to Brian Wilson and The Rolling Stones. A quasi-political thread runs through the lyrics, commenting on the contentious tenor in modern America.
Performing on the album is a strike team consisting of a veritable "Who's Who" in the Boston music scene. New England Music Award's Producer of the Year Sean McLaughlin is on Bass and also engineered the album. Drummer Mike Levesque, who has performed with David Bowie, Seven Mary Three, Natalie Imbruglia, to name a few, brings command and authenticity to the rhythms. Organist Jim Gambino from The Swinging Steaks, Aaron Belyea on Trumpet and Sax and Diana Inez on additional backup vocals, round out the ensemble. Munk Duane performed all of the vocals, guitars and additional keyboards. Grammy winning Engineer Mark Donahue mastered the album.
"Theory of History: Part 2" will be released later in 2017.
ABOUT Munk Duane:
With a sound that is traditional in its inception and modern in execution, Boston based Artist/Producer/Film Composer Munk Duane’s style is born of the late 60s, early 70s singer-songwriter inspired rock and soul of Bill Withers and The Rolling Stones, filtered through a 21st century aesthetic.
Munk Duane's music has been featured in hundreds of television and film placements from The 70th Annual Tony Awards, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Hawaii Five-O, 60 Minutes, NCIS and Blue Bloods, to HBO's The Sopranos, the 2010 Super Bowl Half Time Show and NCAA March Madness. He composed the original score for the 2015 Indie Thriller "The House Across The Street" staring Eric Roberts and Ethan Embry.
Munk Duane has been featured in major press including the Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Magazine.
released August 11, 2017
Written & Produced by Munk Duane
Engineered by Sean McLaughlin
Recorded at 37' Productions, Rockland MA & Bad Stella Studios, Whitman MA
Mastered by Mark Donahue at SoundMirror, Jamaica Plain, MA
Munk Duane - vocals, guitars, keys
Jim Gambino - organ
Sean McLaughlin - bass
Mike Levesque - drums
Aaron Belyea - horns
Diana Inez - additional backup vocals