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With their third album coming out this week, I've just realised (from the press release) that Peggy Sue are in fact a band and not an individual as I had previously thought. Not that this changes a lot - their PJ Harvey/Tracy Bonham style bombastic indie rock remains as slickly crafted as it was on previous LP 'Acrobats'. Peggy Sue are on an impressive streak right now.
As with that album there are folk/country touches with twangy Morricone guitar, indie rock jangle, occasional touches of brass and stirring vocal harmonies, boldly delivered with some unusual drum lines which lend a peculiar sparkling energy to proceedings. Single 'Idle' starts out like a girl-fronted Decemberists before bursting into a widescreen shuffle towards the end with early-Arcade-Fire hollerin' and a strangely Vampire Weekendy lollop to the drum/guitar interplay. 'And Always Is' which follows it ends with a particularly striking moment too, huge, jarring layers of looped Beach Boys-esque vocal harmonies which go on just long enough.
It's these moments of extreme peculiarity which keep me persevering with this band. It's all well and good chugging along with their thoroughly pleasant indie rock, but the fact that you don't know when they're going to pull something really weird out of the bag makes it all the more captivating.
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