Exclusive Artist Review: Nick Duane – “Broken Promises” Album

Emerging from the Providence, RI and prominent surrounding New England scene, rising Indie artist Nick Duane has been building an insatiable buzz throughout the landscape since his inception into the music realm with his debut album Confessions in 2011 and hasn’t slowed down in the slightest. Encapsulating a signature sound that diligently blends an ambient 80s/90s Indie Rock sensibility with today’s more modern approach, Nick Duane’s uniquely captivating songwriting and lyrical concepts have truly manifested into something that is both original and versatile in its execution; drawing in fans from many different musical backgrounds and tastes.

With a slew of releases under his belt since his debut record, the recently released fourth album Broken Promises is a true pinnacle of Nick Duane’s craft and really showcases his dynamic ability to put together a collection of songs that captivate your attention with his classic yet futuristic Indie Rock sensibility. Completely self produced and written, this 12-track record sets a tone that is both anthemic and atmospheric. Each track compliments the next and Nick proves that he truly knows how to write/tell a cohesive story both lyrically and instrumentally. Comprised of rhythmic grooves, crunchy guitar progressions, ambient key textures and anthemic vocal melodies, Nick delivers a solid execution on this record equally between the factors of performance and production value. His mid-range Bowie-style vocals fit his Indie style diligently and his thought provoking lyrics offer up a futuristic flow that is both interesting and original.

One of the notable tracks on this record is opening track “Anything”, a rhythmic song with a smooth bass line, crisp guitars and a catchy vocal progression that really sets the tone for the rest of the album. This song especially delivers very cleverly crafted keyboard riffs and smooth guitar leads, so Nick’s musicianship factors are very apparent as this track plays out. Another standout on this album is “The Old World”, an atmospheric tune with beautiful synth swells and guitar textures. This song especially shines a light on Nick’s versatile songwriting approach and really adds several new layers of depth. This song has hints of The Cure and Pink Floyd in it, which compliments Nick’s overall approach on this record and really explores a fresh angle of his musicianship factors.

One other notable track on this record is the album single “Birthday Greetings”, an acoustically driven anthem with several atmospheric layers and textures that brings Nick Duane’s signature sound to the forefront. This soothing track has very rhythmic progressions and leads that compliment each other throughout the song, and with Nick Duane’s story-telling vocals at the helm partnered with effective vocal melodies, this song truly hits it out of the park and brings every element of this record into one tasty flavor. Fans of the Dark Side of the Moon album will especially love this track, but even with nods to some of the original Rock greats throughout the record, Nick’s style is completely versatile, original and insatiably catchy. Any fan of the Indie Rock genre, no matter the era, will appreciate this record in full. It brilliantly brings together the essence of old school flavors and today’s more futuristic and modern musical realms, all stirred into one solidly anthemic tasty stew that is Broken Promises.

The album is currently available on Nick Duane’s official website along with Spotify and BandCamp. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen. You will also be enticed to do a deep dive into Nick’s discography and history.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Nick Duane – “ANYTHING” Single

Hailing from the landscapes of Providence, RI and the surrounding New England scene, eclectic and multifaceted recording artist Nick Duane began hitting the ground running in the music realm over many years and has put together a signature sound that is innovative, creative and a standout of its calibre. He’s an artist that has manifested into his own entity and always proves that he holds his artistic merit in high regard, delivering strong musicianship factors that showcase his performance and songwriting abilities most effectively. And this is heavily apparent with his newest single “ANYTHING”.

His distinctive style has several crucial influences implemented in this track, especially with his vocals that have a brilliant reminiscence of iconic legends like David Bowie. The song itself is very diligently crafted and really serves up an indie/rock feel that is equally nostalgic as well as fresh with its originality. The multi-layered guitars really carry the torch with the track’s strong progressions and the innovative rhythm section is insatiably groovy as well as rhythmic with the clever drum fills and smooth bass lines that cruise from start to finish. When it comes to the vocals, Nick Duane implements a very versatile edge and almost theatrical projection that fits the song’s atmospheric tone just about perfectly. He engages with the listener effectively and proves that his stylistic aura is anything but ordinary. You get a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable – equally balancing the originality and familiarity aspects in a way that will entice you to dive deeper into Nick’s discography and career altogether.

“ANYTHING” is an anthemic single that will intrigue just about anyone that has an affinity for indie rock components with extra twists and turns. It’s a track you need to hear to believe. The single is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. If this is your first time hearing Nick Duane, then prepare to add his music to your top favorites of 2021.


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