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Alex Dupree Shares Video For New Single “Fortunado” On Keeled Scales

February 24, 2022
Photo Credit: Marshall Walker

Alex Dupree

Shares Video for New Single,
“Fortunado” on Keeled Scales

Keeled Scales artist, Alex Dupree releases his single, “Fortunado” ahead of his show at SXSW.

About “Fortunado”:
“Tim and I met the real Patrick and Fortunado one night at a bar in downtown LA. They were stumbling through a game of pool with the slow movements of longtime drunks. Tim wore his dad’s old Luskey’s hat at the time, and this caught the eye of Patrick as we walked in. He wanted to gamble us for the hat. We laughed him off, but he was insistent. There was a flash of menace in his face, a sudden sobriety. He pushed into Tim’s chest, but that was as far as it went. We left after a drink.

We returned to the bar later that night to find Patrick pacing back and forth along the curb outside. He’d clearly been kicked out and felt this to be a great injustice. Fortunado was sitting alone at a table, so we joined him and struck up a conversation. He drifted in and out of coherence. He gave us a hallucinatory treatise on time travel, college football…I can’t say I remember details. What I remember is feeling that he and Patrick were joined in some mysterious way. They felt eternal in the way of all late-night characters, bending the room into their timeless reality. They stayed in my mind as characters until I found a song that needed them.

When it came time to make a video for “Fortunado”, I knew I had to collaborate with Tim. He’s a talented screenwriter, and that was night was his story as much as mine. So we shuffled together the imagery of the encounter — the hat, the pool game — with imagery from the song into a hypnotic, looping story.” 
 Alex Dupree

The new single proudly offers this intimate voyage expressly emitting such infectious songwriting and moving melody. Enriched with lashes of emotion, delicate notes, and this soaring sensitivity that laces the entire composition. Dupree creates such visionary landscapes that come to life through the lyrics enhanced by the immersive instrumentation. “Fortunado” is a beautiful exploration from start to finish, a release you can connect with, and a world you wish to fantasize about for some time.

About Alex Dupree:
Alex Dupree got his musical start in Austin, Texas, and his voice still has some Heartworn Highways-era color to it. In the mid ’00s, he founded The Trapdoor Band, an improvisatory folk group and vehicle for his lyric-driven songwriting, before switching to the Idyl moniker in 2009. 

Dupree moved to California to focus on poetry, studying and teaching at UC Irvine, with songwriting never far from his mind. He continued to hone his craft writing country songs for both the LA band Mister Paradise and a duet project called Dawn & Dupree (with Iva Dawn of They/Live). Despite a deep love for country music, Dupree’s songs never quite settled in that category, absorbing additional influences from the likes of Laurie Anderson, Arthur Russell, Bjork, and John Cale.

Dupree’s new music is the story of starting over. Bill Callahan meets Willie Nelson. Or Harry Smith meets Barry Hannah. It’s about coming to terms with the uncanny patterns of your life, the strange repetitions you cannot escape.

Alex Dupree at SXSW:
March 18th, St. David’s Bethell Hall

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