In the Post #59: Peggy Sue – Fossils and Other Phantoms

By on Thursday, 1st April 2010 at 12:00 pm

While generally being labelled a folk band, Peggy Sue have an under bubbling of all sorts in their music, from doo wop to jazz to indie. Their debut album, Fossils and other Phantoms, certainly proves to be a Pandora box of sounds, which at times are wonderful, and at others, not so.

Brilliant opener, Long Division Blues’, crescendo of jazzy ‘do do do’s’ are angelically catchy, while Fossils, a delicate sea shanty filled with energetic percussion and waving accordions, highlights the girl’s soulful vocals and ability to harmonise very well. Green Grow the Rushes is a further favourite, the humble acoustic complimenting the rich, bluesy vox, of which particularly echo Laura Marling’s latest, matured material. The gentle harmonies of said track skip away delightfully in the background, sugar coating this otherwise sinister sounding number.

Yo Mama’s tribal drums, and suave accordion, meanwhile, add a further layer of menace to the album, while The Shape We Made proves a truly adorable closer. Peggy Sue songs’ have a noticeable ability to take an unexpected turn, particularly proved via the jagged, uncomfortable percussion of this track. The lyrics, too, are incredibly touching, as the frail voice pines “I miss the shape we used to make. I miss your breath I used to take.”.

Matilda is a key example, however, of when Peggy Sue’s vocals can begin to grate. The twang placed at the end of words echoes the annoyingly LDN accents of indie stars gone-by. Watchmen, meanwhile, proves the duo harmonies can sometimes end up sounding more Kate Nash than First Aid Kit, alas bringing the elegant folk down to kitchen sink indie.

Don’t get me wrong – Katy and Rosa, the two front ladies of Peggy Sue, are undoubtedly a talented pair of songstresses. But I do believe their album does risk falling by the way side when amongst the likes of the more rich folksters ala Mumford and the Sons and First Aid Kit. Fossils and other Phantoms is a light-hearted, cute package, however, and will most certainly appeal to indie teens currently busy swinging their petticoats to Laura Marling and Kate Nash. And there’s a lot of them.

Peggy Sue’s debut album, Fossils and other Phantoms is out on 11th April 2010. Pr-order it from Amazon now.

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