“at once rough and evocative, affecting and modern, gritty and perfectly classic.”
— American Songwriter
"Thompson is an enthralling singer and hearty lyricist with a timeless folk sound.
Fans of everyone from Bob Dylan to Lord Huron or Big Thief will find something
to love in Haywire‘s eclectic tapestry. An effortlessly enchanting, organic, and honest listen".
— Atwood Magazine
"..familiar without being overly nostalgic...it lights a spark in the dark corners of your soul".
Duff Thompson is a songwriter, musician, and producer whose music is a swampy blend of folk, pop, and garage rock. As a songwriter, he has a rare ability to distill emotional complexity into simple, sincere songs that instantly hit the listener on a visceral level. As a producer, he draws from influences that span across decades and genres, merging them into a cohesive and organic sound recognizable as his own.
Thompson’s dark, alienated, and swaggering sophomore release, Shadow People, is the first of a duology of albums recorded during a late summer Montreal heatwave in 2021. Created over two weeks of intensive recording, Shadow People comprises 10 of the 20 tracks captured during these sessions. Thompson rented out the studio space at Sud-Ouest Recording Service and produced and engineered the album himself, bringing along with him a 16-track reel-to-reel and songwriter/musicians Steph Green and Kyle Taylor as his backing band and assistant engineers. The album also features contributions from Mat Davidson (Twain) on strings, pedal steel, and bass clarinet. Whereas Thompson’s 2020 debut album, Haywire showcased his versatility and folk influences, Shadow People is a more cohesive collection of songs that push his music further into the world of garage and indie rock. Shadow People was released on October 27th, 2023 on Mashed Potato Records. It's release was immediately followed by a 21 date co-headlining, North American tour with Steph Green, which saw them selling out many shows on the run.