Dukes of Chutney are a trio comprised of Dustin Lynn, John Paul Jones, and Petra. According to the press release, they explore the different spaces and places, between nothingness and nature. They have released the debut full-length called Hazel which is out via Beats in Space / RVNG Intl.
They explained to us: “The album came from a group of unfinished tracks that were being sent back and forth after we finished the first EP. It really came in incremental steps as each song took on a life of its own. There is quite a long marination process, and at some point it felt that there was enough there and it made sense to put together an LP.
We each work separately as we are, or were, all based in different locations. Petra is writing lyrics on a regular basis as a daily routine. Her lyrics got matched up with some of the early demos, which were re-recordings or expansions of Dustin’s wigged-out 4-track nylon string guitar experiments. Those were bounced off of JPJ, who is the family man of the band, which really grounds us as well as the music with his sequencing and on point overdubs.
Many of the tracks on the album have their root in literature, from Henry Miller’s “Time Of the Assassins” to the Paul Bowles’ translated stories of Mohammed Mrabet. Other tracks have elements drawn from a fascination with Sahara guitar work and Jamaican roots. It’s very much a “taste the best / leave the rest” kind of mentality.
Check the full streaming and read our talk with the band which detail the album and much more.