Thursday, May 14, 2015

Great Peacock AND Quiet Hollers

Great Peacock wowed me about two years ago with their first EP. It takes a lot for a song to sear itself into my psyche for that long, but "Take Me to the Mountain" and "Desert Lark" have done just that. If that's not a mark of greatness, I don't know what is.

Those two are still easily the strongest in their repertoire, but the duet's Making Ghosts is a strong follow-up to the EP. If the songs haven't wormed their way into my subconscious yet, it's because I haven't been given enough time with the music. Unlike the Alabama Shakes' first album, the new songs on here aren't filler -- instead they're an expansion of Great Peacock's tight, soaring harmonies and wistful lyrics. I think Great Peacock's greatest achievement is making otherwise humble country songs sound like epic ballads without laying it on too thick. Making Ghosts certainly hints at greater things to come and I can't wait to see what's around the corner. Hopefully we won't have to wait another two years.

Great Peacock -- Official, Facebook, Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp

ALSO, the Quiet Hollers wrote another song that's been stuck in my head for two years and change. I Am the Morning is still one of the best albums I've reviewed since starting this blog. The band is getting funds together for their followup and needs our help. Join me in contributing to their Indiegogo campaign!

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