The Duchess and the Fox, “Your Present”

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A winter crush-dream for short days and grey skies.

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Jes Skolnik | December 23, 2015

The Duchess and the Fox are vocalist Andrea Diaz, of Superhuman Happiness, and pianist and composer Joe McGinty, who’s done work with the Psychedelic Furs and Ryan Adams, among others. They make melancholy, spare chamber pop together; Diaz’s voice is rich and full, and McGinty’s arrangements are never so baroque that they threaten to overwhelm all of Diaz’s subtleties. “Your Present” is dreamy and a little bit dark, a song less about the excitement and giddiness of a crush than the feeling of intense longing that accompanies new desire, a song for grey skies and short days. The video is intentionally lo-fi, so it feels very personal, like we’re watching Diaz’s diary as she moves through the city.

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