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(16 November 2013) Austin, TX-based singer songwriter Lindsey Dukes has emerged with a debut recording, entitled Chasing The Moon (Lindsey Dukes (USA) 884501976831, 2013). This sixteen minute EP contains five original songs that were written and performed by Lindsey in her unique style, ranging from folk-pop to jazz. The project was recorded at Taylor Audio in Austin, TX and was produced by J. R. Taylor.

Brilliant upbeat pop-style piano provides the backdrop for the accessible opening tune "Window To Your Dreams." Multi-tracked vocals add depth and texture to the chorus. In contrast but still upbeat, "Your Smile" evokes more country feel with arrangements that include a range of acoustic and string instruments and light percussion. The gentle ballad "Another Way Home" offers the richest overall production on the EP.

The artist shifts styles to jazz in "Chase The Moon." With piano and stand-up bass arrangements backing the singer, trumpet excursions provide additional texture to the track. The instrumental excursions are accompanies by Lindsey's lovely vocalize. The EP concludes with the folky ballad "Quiet Days" that is tenderly sung atop gentle acoustic guitar.This is a fine, albeit short, debut recording that shows promise for Lindsey Dukes.

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