DUCKS Ltd. – ” Modern Fiction ” Best Albums Of 2021

Posted: December 10, 2021 in MUSIC
Ducks Ltd. - Modern Fiction

Ducks Ltd. were at one point called Ducks Unlimited. Any disappointment that there’s now no unlimited access to ducks has been blown away by the release of the band’s debut LP ‘Modern Fiction’. Ducks Ltd. play bright indie-pop in the style of the strummy end of C86/80s New Zealand scene. 

Crucially, they have the tunes to match their ability to recreate the sounds of mid-80s Flying Nun Records. If you are stuck for time then simply play opener ‘How Lonely Are You?’ – you’ll feel like you’ve been cleansed in a Antipodean waterfall once the busy guitars have washed over you and the topsy-turvy melodies have become ensnared in your head. 

The thing is, ‘How Lonely Are You?’ is not a one off. Everything on ‘Modern Fiction’ is like that. Many have tried to capture the thrill of the best 1980s indie-pop, but through their sheer energy and chutzpah Ducks Ltd. have come closer than most. If Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever really got inside the sound of The Go-Betweens and The Triffids without it being an exercise in pure nostalgia, then these Ducks have done the same thing with the likes of The Bats and The Clean. 

There’s nothing else to say except… this is a quacker. “18 Cigarettes” is taken from Ducks Ltd.’s album, “Modern Fiction”, out on Carpark Records / Royal Mountain Records on October 1st, 2021.

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