Guest – Post phoebe Peek

“Lunch” has just been released (30/10/20) and you can listen above…

Written, recorded and produced in Phoebe’s bedroom, “Lunch” combines a vintage synthesised bass that bobs along with warm, glimmering keys that echo around your head, setting the scene for a hopeful sort of reflection. The lyrics muse on Phoebe’s idea of a memorable first date, “A sensory experience. It’s a feeling, a look, blurred talking. It’s goes by really fast and makes a lasting impression. Lunch is just over three minutes long, so I unpack that experience in a short space of time, like the date itself.” The track has a certain twinkling about it that indeed commemorates that spark, a honeymoon moment. Harmonies fly into the opening chorus, celebrating romance and contributing to a dreaminess about the track.
Lyrically, “Lunch” whispers secrets and allows the listener in on them. Convinced romance is anything but dead, the track harks back to a pre-Tinder scene, with humble moments such as I bought a bowl of fruit and a yoghurt pot. You say… would you like to sit by the window or not? And, Half two, making conversation without too many opinions reflecting on simpler times. She explains, “When you start to really like someone, you find anything they say or do really charming. This person is really respectful… very considerate. The protagonist remembers all the little visual/audible details and the look in their eye. The real conversation is those cues rather than the words that happen between the couple.”



Family Origins and Musical Influences, from Folk to Pop-punk to Alternative

Phoebe Peek wrote her first song aged 8, an angsty Avril Lavigne-inspired punk track written entirely in E minor, “about a boy, of course. I wrote poems first, loads of them, in a sort of daydream state just sitting there in primary school. Then I found melody and joined them together.”

She has grown up around music, following her parents, who were in a band, to gigs aged just three and “getting caught up in all the wires” while attempting to take centre stage. By 15, Phoebe had performed to a crowd of 3,000 in her hometown and amassed 300,000 views on her YouTube channel.

Drawing musical comparisons to artists such as Suzanne Vega and Daughter, and citing a canon of folk and alternative influences (Kate Bush, Simon and Garfunkel, Crowded House to name but a few), She seems to have absorbed a calibre of genres and themes. Her own style, she calls “singer-songwriter”, because “It doesn’t fit. It just sorts of encompasses, and every song has a different story, different instrumentation… so it has its own style.”

Accompanied mainly by acoustic guitar, her other originals, which you can find on YouTube, explore feelings of uncertainty, grief, disillusionment and healing. Phoebe uses her voice as an instrument, and her guitar as a voice, an effect that can be heard on records such as Joni Mitchell’s Clouds and Cat Stevens/Yusuf’s Teaser and the Firecat.


 Phoebe’s honey-coated vocals, however, are more reminiscent of Kate Bush and Melanie, whom she often draws comparisons with. “Legacy”, her latest acoustic original, discusses the loss of a father, the image of boats sailing into 3/4 time that drifts along in shanty-inspired verse. Phoebe is brave as she addresses darker feelings in this one, further demonstrating an ability to translate honesty and raw emotion into music, which is something quite extraordinary indeed. 

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