In some ways, David Duchovny’s music sounds just the way you might expect: that famous hang-dog, half-melancholic voice over a melodic alt-rock base with literate lyrics and a certain ‘70s aesthetic. His debut album, 2015’s Hell or High Water, mixed crackling roots guitars with gentler folk. On his new sophomore outing, Every Third Thought, the X-Files vet goes a little proggier, with electronic elements swimming around and through a singer-songwriter set-up, hints of Elvis Costello’s pop and Stereophonics’ celestial tones poking around here and there. Lead single “Half Life” opens with a feedback squawk and settles into a folk jam with an ELO-style chorus. “Unconditional love decays / only fossilized hearts can break,” he sings.
As always, Duchovny sounds unhurried in his delivery, a guy with plenty of perspective and enough time to stretch out and tell you a couple things he’s learned along the way. But he’s actually got a busy 2018 ahead. Besides Every Third Thought, which arrives Feb. 9, Duchovny is reprising his role as Fox Mulder on The X-Files, releasing his third book, Miss Subways, in May, and hitting the road for dates Australia and New Zealand, with more to come.
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