Peach & Quiet

REVIEW: Peach & Quiet “Beautiful Thing”


Peach & Quiet released a new album Beautiful Thing, produced by the band with Steve Dawson and The Henhouse Express.  The album is heartland rock — easy on the ears with audible crisp strings.

“The memory of love’s sweet refrain, ain’t no doubt about it, it’s a beautiful thing,” is the refrain on the dawning song and the title track, with thoughtful electric guitar solos weaving throughout.

“Calgary Sky” confirms your hope that this album will continue to be uplifting even as it sidesteps some dark spots.  “Her head on my shoulder, I gathered her in but I couldn’t hold her,” and lots of pedal steel, a summertime offering.

Then the album takes a direct turn to confront the dark side head on, and oh what a dark side it is.  “Pockets Empty” is a bluesy groove with organ and swagger with Heather Read on main vocals, and a story of abject abuse and a big black eye, and a lump in your throat as the listener.

“Just Before the Dawn” sends shivers down your spine with the languid intro and Read’s vulnerable vocals — you can feel the easy slowness of the moments before dawn.  “Song From a Tree” again is a musing, reflective song, question the reliving of memories and identifying moments past and slipped beyond our reach.

This album is nicely balanced and offers to dance you through both the darkness and the light.  Musicians on the album are Heather Read on guitar and vocals; Jonny Miller on guitar and vocals; Steve Dawson on guitars; Jeremy Holmes on bass; Gary Craig on drums; and Chris Gestrin on keyboards.

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Enjoy our previous coverage here: Video Premiere: Peach & Quiet “Horse and Saddle”

Beautiful Thing was recorded in Nashville, Toronto, Vancouver, and Pender Island.
Vocals were recorded at Zed Productions Studio in Vancouver with Sheldon Zaharko engineering; mixing by Steve Dawson; and mastering at Railtown Mastering.
Art direction was by Heather Read & Jonny Miller, with design and layout by Jonny Miller, and it was inspired by Michael Wrycraft, may he RIP.

The photography of Heather and Jonny is courtesy of T. Kenta Kikuchi.

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