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Peggy Sue
Acrobats
Yep Roc Records
www.peggywho.com


Indie folk pop trio Peggy Sue - named after the band's lead singer Peggy Sue - is a culmination of '60s smoky stoner rock like vintage Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane fame and modern folk braised soul in the ilk of Adele. The group's new recording Acrobats integrates '60s pop with contemporary acoustic based rock making for an aggregate that is both nostalgic in texture and reflective of a burgeoning generation of club rock goers.

The seething guitar riffs in the underbelly of "Cut My Teeth" are a recurring motif in the album showing up in "All We'll Keep" and "Ruthie," both of which sit on an axel of spinning drumbeats. The fuzzy guitar vibrations hugging the rumbling beats of "Song And Dance" are fringed in gypsy accents comprised of jangling tambourines. "Changed and Waiting" has an exotic complexion bolstered by psychedelic swirls which turn into a spare sound in "Parking Meter Blues" encircled in drowsy drumbeats slowly rotating around chanting xylophone chimes. The freight train rhythm of "D.U.M.B.O." is garnished in bluegrass frills of echoey guitar flails and a gospel-bent in the vocals while the thumping beats of "There Always Was" pillar the elastic swag of the lead vocals carving knolls along the melodic cuts.

The jewel of the trove is "Funeral Beat" densely layered in tribal beats and rumpled by throngs of haunting strings and springy mandolin chords. The vocals have an inverted howl as though the screams are coming from inside the soul as the verse reveal, "I know you've got your demons / I've got mine… It's hard to breathe with these words in my mouth / With your lips on my skin / Come gather around… Lay me down and comfort me."

Peggy Sue blends the familiar sounds of '60s stoner rock with modern rock pop sensibilities. Not quite ubiquitous and yet similar in melodic tone to their influences, Peggy Sue straddles the line between nostalgia and contemporary with regard and reverence for both.

-Susan Frances

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