Like most people, I’m a person of many moods. Sometimes I want to conquer the world. Sometimes I just want to hit the road and put the wind at my back. Other times I just want to go into a comfy part of the house, put on some relaxing music and forget about life for a while. When I want to do the latter, my new favorite go album is Cycles by Duett.
Cycles is the type of album you want to play on a dreamy rainy summer afternoon. Its atmosphere is full of warm magic with sounds that sweep me off to quiet sun-soaked vistas and everywhere I want to be. With breezy sounds and light percussion, it’s an album your going to want to go at the end of the day when you’re ready to recharge. Similar to the first time I fell in love with the elegant rich sound of Sade, Cycles is a soul moving album I find myself going back to time and time again.
As a 13 song release, it’s safe to say there are plenty of tracks to experience. There are, however, a few of them that really grabbed my attention immediately.
One of them is the opening track. “Afterglow” features smooth and tingling synths and guitar riffs and really sets the tone for the album. It’s the perfect opening track with its simple chords and quick vibe delivery.
Another recommended track and perhaps my favorite is “Don’t Make Me Wait,” with its excellent vocals and hook. It features Stewart Lockwood’s dreamy vocals, catchy refrain, and an unforgettable landscape of sound. It’s also a beautifully produced song that would easily earn a place on any chill playlist you want to throw it on.
“Paradise” featuring Raff sports some very solid vocals and excellent production value. With a minimalist opening, it has a wonderful swelling buildup all the way to the very end.
Throughout must of the album, you’re going to get exactly what you came here for. This is an album is about soul re-alignment, pure and simple. It’s hard to listen to this album and not feel better about things. Cycles is a solid album that rarely strays from the narrative except for a few small instances.
With an album full of so many great tracks, there are always going to be a few that sometimes miss the mark. “Visions” while keeping in tone with the rest of the album, does not really add much to the experience. With a running time of just over two minutes, I feel this one could have been easily omitted. Another lukewarm track for me is “Lifestyle.” With its up-tempo rhythms and space sound effects, it feels more like a spaceship ride through a color wheel and completely removes me from my chill space. With a mood strong album like this, there’s really not much of a reason to mix up the formula. Navigate to the skip button early if you don’t want to spill your Mai Tai.
All in all though, with its fresh uplifting tracks and long sweeping synths, Cycles by Duett keeps its mission statement right in the forefront of your mind. It’s an album that reminds us that this is a great big world, and there are so many epic things we could be doing.. just not today.
Pick your copy of Cycles today at Bandcamp.