Written By: Fletcher Bonin
With their debut full length album All Eyes on Me, electro hip-hop duo Double Duchess captures all the intensity and frantic energy of their live shows. Double Duchess, comprised of Krylon Superstar and davO cite their queer identities as a heavy influencer not only on this album but for all their music in general. This latest album is a triumph of their unique and abstract style, blending raucous and pulsating tones with hectic beats and epic minimalism on each of the nine tracks.
All Eyes on Me features tracks true to their painfully original style such as ‘Twinkle’. DavO is quoted as saying that this song is reminiscent of the “booty jams and vibes that we initially broke out with.” After listening to the lyrics, which go “slap that slap that take it for a ride” and “I think I’m really high, I think I’m really high” I couldn’t agree more. This, like most tracks on the album is flirty and reckless, passionate and coy and ludicrously sexual all in one. Upon listening, I even picked up on some loosely metal vibes that incite the passion and energy of their renowned live performances. Their lyrics are simultaneously fun and complex, and I would even go so far as to say they are often gritty and true. Sure, you’ll have to strain to hear “I just lay up in the penthouse like I’m a fat cat” but you’ll never be disappointed by Double Duchess’s obscure references and hyper-trippy diction.
My favorite track off this 2015 masterpiece is ‘Good Girl Freak Out’ of which there is a wild music video that inspired a cult following of sorts in their native San Francisco. This song, featuring LA hipster troupe Future People is fun, ethereal and trippy. You may just lose yourself as “we’ll dance around” is chanted endlessly and hypnotically into your headphones. On tracks like this, their vocals became welded to the intense, urgent beats backing them up, melding into one ambiguously awesome and purely original sound. This is the alternative to the alternative, the underground of the underground.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this album, however, is their cover of Grace Jones’s 1980 song ‘Bullshit’. This, according to the duo, alludes to the heavier, deeper direction with which they want to steer their music. While they admit their music now is fun and unequivocally danceable, they are hoping to imbibe their tunes with further depth and complexity. I for one, am excited to see what they come up with next.