Guest – Post phoebe Peek
“Lunch” has just been released (30/10/20) and you can listen above…
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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