Name me the last song which reminded you this often cruel, unjust world is in fact the most remarkable, beautiful opportunity? that "you know what let's make the most of it" feeling? It's a pleasure to introduce you to Ireland's musical hope and future: Dr Duloc.
Such thoughts are easy to perceive when listening to Dr Duloc's new album Bowl Cuts, recently released on Little L Records. The song which the good doctor, aka Henry Earnest from Dublin, Ireland, has hooked me on repeat with today is The King, one of the very few songs in life which make you reconsider yourself.
The King begins with the familiar ambience of The Fox and The Hound Goodbye May seem Forever. Enter the gentle strum of guitar and the reassuring voice of Dr Duloc and you're ready to take a lesson in the musical philosophical feel good. 'I Know I'll be human one day, the world will be less hopeless' The King reminds us, it's one of the album's first examples of a musical philosophy emphasised by hope. Remarkably Dr Duloc has six such songs on Bowl Cuts (the other five comprising of pop brilliances as well as the rather odd tale of Herzog), a feat not accomplished since Willy Mason's Carry On in 2012.
A modest account of a record which truly stands out from start to finish. The opening track Portland Oregon is an upbeat story which sees our good doctor living in Portland, Oregon (of course), stealing cash out of his girlfriend's purse admitting he wants to make us laugh, get together and dance. It's the first stand out hit on the record which is promptly followed by Madison, the single for the alternative audience. But as Dubliner Henry Earnest remarks, it's not necessarily about creating something for the alternative audience.
"It goes back to trying to capture that perfect emotion, using music. Hence, the Doctor title. I am the doctor of feelings"
Polar opposites do coincide on Bowl Cuts, especially if you are to place the mellow and intrinsic Feeler and Street Cat next to the funk inspired Lady Lou and the pop ambient Sega. Yet that is precisely the beauty and the appeal behind a song writer with the potential of Henry Earnest. Though inconsistencies lie within the musical style itself, the record's true consistencies are the high quality of each track as well as the philosophy behind them. The world has heard enough Mumford and Sons where the monotony of each track merges into one long Mike Oldfield-esque production. It's the philosophy and lyricism behind Duloc's tracks such as Eton Mess (1-2), combined with sheer musical talent and vision which create the most important consistency of all: a record which makes you think from beginning to end.
Though Henry Earnest is new to the world of song writing, he is already proving himself to be a prolific writer. In a little over a year Henry has collaborated on projects called Hawarden Kite, Gand Mr Rosso, as well as his own solo projects Just Henry and Dr Duloc. Herzog TV, Earnest's base for this new wave of Irish creativity has been rewarded with Bowl Cuts being taken up by Little L Records.