Atlanta's K Michelle DuBois pays tribute to Neil Young on 'Love and Only Love' off new 'Harness' LP
"A fine specimen of kaleidoscopic pop-rock of a similar flavor to that dished out by The Breeders on “Canonball”, Liz Phair on “Supernova”, and Belly on “Feed The Tree”. Filled with innocent, good vibes and a sparkling melodic thread, K Michelle DuBois’ delivery is striking, found in similar territory as Jenny Lewis and Juliana Hatfield Three. A great new find for eager ears and a superb introduction to her third solo offering" – Big Takeover Magazine
"This is infectious. With a strong vocal resemblance to Cindy Wilson of B-52s, sound-wise, this is somewhere wonderful in a triangle between Belly, Luscious Jackson, Sheryl Crow, and St. Vincent. Very positive and somehow causing goose-bumps with each repeated listen, the hooks and high-driving beat combines with Dubois’ melody for a massive song from start to finish" – The Spill Magazine
"DuBois believes in hooks and she’s put her talent where her mouth is to bring us the best the indie pop/rock world has to offer, showcasing her intrinsic talent for delivering familiar catchy structures and pushing her work into new and interesting territory. Lucky for me, a good chunk of it harkens back to the golden age of 90s college rock" – Louder Than War
Atlanta-based indie pop artist K Michelle DuBois has announced 'Love and Only Love' as her latest single off the new 'Harness' LP, her third solo release. In the accompanying video, directed and edited by Laurie Garner, she spells out her own interpretation of Neil Young’s classic 'Love and Only Love' against a backdrop of Sedona, Arizona.
Recall that Neil Young & Crazy Horse also rocked Young’s tune for over 10 minutes on their 1990 album 'Ragged Glory'.
This new single follows up her 'Harness' album release, preceded by two singles - 'Wild Weed' and 'Orchid'.
While most of DuBois’ solo output intertwines classic power-pop with 90s college rock, ‘Harness’ boasts a heftier sonic tone than her previous album ‘Astral Heart’ (2016) with its bouncy rhythms, jangly guitars and sing-song charm.
On this album, DuBois moves within the indie pop/rock world, showcasing her innate talent for distinctive hooks. Although she remains anchored in familiar catchy structures, this album pushes the experimental side of her previous work to new heights.
Based in Atlanta, GA, Dubois' counts Blondie’s 'Autoamerican' and Divinyls among her influences, along with Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, and Fever Ray. DuBois’s live band includes Chandler Rentz (drums), Jim Prible (bass), André Griffin (keys) and Dan Dixon (guitar), who also recorded, produced and mastered this album at RCDC studio in Atlanta.
"To me, ‘Harness’ is about recognizing and utilizing all this amazing energy that is radiating. I’ve been deeply feeling my hippie roots and, at the same time, intrigued by advances in technology. I'm inspired by such stories as Ex Machina and West Word, which both invigorate and produce intense melancholy in me," says K Michelle Dubois.
K Michelle DuBois got into music very young, building harmonies to pass the time during the family’s frequent road trips. DuBois began writing her own material as a teenager in Nashville after receiving a bass guitar for Christmas. She crafted her early songs on bass, a Yamaha synthesizer and a drum machine in her parents’ four-track studio, but a flood of creative possibilities came upon discovering open-tuning on acoustic guitar, thereafter solidifying her commitment to songwriting.
After forming her first band Ultrababyfat and releasing ‘Silver Tones Smile’ (1998), the group’s infectious pop-punk sound garnered national attention, leading to opening slots for numerous noteworthy acts Pavement and PJ Harvey, and a 2001 stint on The Warped Tour as one of the few female-led bands showcased in the festival’s lineup.
After the band disbanded in 2005, DuBois formed Luigi to explore her more progressive, art-rock leanings. After seven years together and ample critical acclaim, she re-emerged as a solo artist under the tempered guidance of producer Ben Price at Studilaroche, releasing her debut album ‘Lux Capone’ in 2012. DuBois also contributes vocals for Atlanta-based dream-gaze collective Parsons Rocket Project.
'Harness' is now available at online stores, such as iTunes, and streaming platforms such Spotify. The full album can also be ordered directly from the artist via Bandcamp.
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