You might have heard of Orville Peck, if you’ve seen him in his amazing country getup, you definitely will remember the anonymous troubadour who is doing what SIA did but with country fringe/tassel instead of his actual fringe.
However, you might also remember him because that voice is something you can’t really get out of your mind. Roy Orbison would be proud and I am quite sure that Glenn Danzig is also a secret fan (and wishes he could pull off that look).
“Dead of Night” is a gorgeous timeless love song about a steamy summer in Carson City and the memories of it. Ok, if you’re boring you can also interpret it as two pals palling around like pals do, but come on, “Six summers down, another dreamless night, you’re not by my side” would sound romantic even in the pal-iest circumstances.
Peck is a fascinating musician, because anonymity in this day and age is almost impossible (and if you dig just a little, Wikipedia will spoil all the mystery) but to keep it up despite the fact is an artistic decision that fits incredibly well with the musical style which skips between classic and more powerful alt-infused modern country music. Peck’s vocals are front and center because that man has RANGE! But there’s also a genius way how he composes his songs and mixes up different genres and influences. Despite him saying in interviews that he has no idea what he’s doing, everything feels like delicate needlepoint work with no note, no word or sound out of place. He’s very generous naming his influences which range from Dolly Parton (d’uh) to Whitney Houston and John Waters.
I think “Dead of Night” made such a big splash a few years ago, because it has this very epic, big pathos mixed with a melancholy and loneliness that is very reminiscent to the 50s and 60s when so many love songs had this underlying sadness and feeling of loss and fleeting moments.
Funnily enough, Yola’s “Faraway Look” is the perfect sibling to this song because it also feels like straight out of the 50s/60s but instead plays into the dreamy prom clouds of teenage hopefulness.