Peggy Sue - Choir Of Echoes
Is it because music is so readily available that we're hearing so much in the way of cross-pollination these days? With the decline of tribalism and strict musical ghettos, R&B and hip-hop are certainly working their influence right across the musical spectrum, as is folk's bleeding into rock, pop and indie, making associated genres like country and roots more accessible. By that standard this fourth album from Brighton threesome Peggy Sue, is as zeitgeist-y as it gets. Vocal harmonies? Yep. Folky guitar work? Uh huh. The band have evolved from the straight-shooting indie from their previous output into nu-folk indie territory.
At the core of Choir of Echoes are the harmonies which front up every track. The difference here from most folky, harmony-driven experiences is the accompanying music. Laced with darkness and melancholy, there’s no frantic strumming for Peggy Sue, instead they concentrate on the voices, typified by 90 second opener ‘Come Back Around’. The use of haunting vocals is a sustained presence, most obviously on ‘Electric Light’, which carries a heavy Florence & the Machine vibe. ‘Substitute’ and ‘Always Going’, two of the stronger tunes, are bass-powered reminders of mid-90s moody indie. And there’s the rub: a sameness, a lack of shades in the music, if not the lyrics. It makes for a consistently bleak and downbeat listen, with little in the way of light relief. Maybe what Peggy Sue need to do is look a little wider and inject some air into what they do.