20 Feb 2020

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Peake - EP Review: Fearne

04 Dec 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander

I have been a fan of Marigold Music ever since they released their first album, Traces’ Monuments To Souls in 2015. It came with little fanfare and their website reveals little about who is behind the label but, from what I can gather, it’s the "love child" of Chris Van de Geer, a two-time Tui winner with Stellar*,and Joost Langeveld, who some may recall was the bass player for Strawpeople, among other bands. They’ve both gone on to make a huge impact as “creatives” on the other side of the industry in advertising, album engineering and production, so it doesn’t surprise that they have been the ears behind albums by the likes of the aforementioned Traces, Arli Lieberman and Levi Patel, all of whom have released music that has made my “best of's” list since 2015. Peake is their latest 'discovery'.

In typical self-effacing style, I only found out about Peake through my Facebook feed. Her EP Fearne is out now – and ready for your ears”. It seems, also, as if Peake (who does actually have a Christian name - Gabrielle) is equally as modest, as, at the time of writing this review she had yet to announce her 'Peake experience' on social media, or, at least Facebook.

Fearne is a rarity in New Zealand music – a solo piano EP, that’s not drawn from re-workings of the classical cannon, and therefore has few reference points. More power to it. It’s an astonishing delight and would be equally at home on one of my favourite overseas labels Erased Tapes, who have delivered us the 21st century piano reveries from the likes of Peter Broderick, Matthew Bourne and Nils Frahm.

I am not qualified to critique Peake on her technique but, as is often the case, with any instrument, you can have all of the virtuoso in the world and still lack soul. Suffice to say, Peake has the skills that might fool the unstudied ear but has the touch and feel that no academic could ever dream to envisage.

Fearne comprises of four tracks – Felt, Colour Fade Away, Fearne and Adieu – and it is the musical equivalent of falling in love and being intimate with someone for the first time. Felt, searches -a touch here and there, notes exploring, questioning, opening, enfolding. Colour Far Away is delicate and gentle, soft, at times swelling with a light intensity not too coloured with emotion and yet fully informed by it. The tile track unfolds with more imagined intention. There’s an assuredness to it, a familiarity that’s as reflective as a life that been well lived but as refreshing and graceful as the perspectives that come from those very same realisations. And then there is Adieu, the more familial French word for goodbye. It does speak of loss in some ways but more the kind that’s gained from those experiences in your life when you were awakened by something new and unexpected but understood deep down that while they have found a passageway into your life they are not permanent, no matter how much you want to hold on tight to them.

If music has a voice that speaks to the soul, then Fearne is another one of its many gifts.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )

About Peake


Year: 2019
Type: EP
London Tree
Year: 2019
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Mike Alexander

Jackie Bristow - Single Review: Blue Moon Rising
11 Feb 2020 // by Mike Alexander
For those who have followed the career of Stateside-based, but born and bred in New Zealand, songwriter Jackie Bristow there's an unintentional (as far as I am aware) poignancy about the release of her latest single Blue Moon Rising. It signals a slight wind shift, a change in musical direction, bought about by the musical influences she's been surrounded by since moving from Austin, Texas, to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2017.
Tom Ludvigson and Trevor Reekie - Album Review: Roto
20 Jan 2020 // by Mike Alexander
Technology without artifice is a rarity in music nowadays – any 'nerd' with an understanding of the various software programmes available for composing music can create something out of nothing without being compelled by an inner muse. Roto, by Tom Ludvigson and Trevor Reekie, is an exception to such mundaneness.
Tattletale Saints - Album Review: Under The Dogwoods
20 Jan 2020 // by Mike Alexander
There has always been a simple charm to Tattletale Saints ever since they announced themselves with the release of their debut album How Red Is The Blood in 2013. That album deservedly took out a Tui for best Folk Album at the New Zealand Music Awards the following year and while the duo of Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan no longer call New Zealand home – they are based in Nashville, Tennessee – their OE has certainly broadened their musical horizons and palette.
EP Review: Your Indigo
17 Dec 2019 // by Mike Alexander
What a great surprise and start to a new decade. Your Indigo has all the makings of a 'super group' with three very distinctive talents in their own right – 'electric' electro producer Joshua Holmes and songwriting maidens (they do bear bouquets  in their hair on the video to Glass Cloud),  Amiria Grenell (Autumn and Three Feathers) and Bryony Matthews (Little Queen).
Devils Elbow - EP Review: ID
16 Dec 2019 // by Mike Alexander
Hawke’s Bay alternative rock band Devils Elbow have been turning heads since their debut single KO in 2010. There’s been a few line-up changes since then and it’s been a five-year wait since their last EP, Golden Flame, but vocalist and guitarist Alec Withers has always had the kind of charisma and stage presence that was never going to remain a state secret for long.
Superturtle - Single Review: Wait For It
30 Nov 2019 // by Mike Alexander
I couldn’t have put it better. In the video that accompanies the release of Wait For It from Darren McShane’s newly invigorated Superturtle, there’s a comment posted by ArapuniWizard: “Another good song from the Birkenhead hit factory!
Ed Waaka - Single Review: Revolution
29 Nov 2019 // by Mike Alexander
Ed Waaka might ruffle a few redneck feathers with the powerful video and tribute “to early generations of Maori who fought in the name of indigenous rights amid times of social and political conflict” that accompany his latest single Revolution. Old wounds can still fester and the inherited guilt and shame of guiltless generations still has an ugly underbelly in New Zealand.
Lasair - Album Review: Lessons
26 Nov 2019 // by Mike Alexander
Lasair is quite an unusual name so a quick Google search reveals some interesting options. Firstly, it’s old Irish for flame and then there are the various references to a laser diode aerosol particle counter.
View All Articles By Mike Alexander

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Roddy Ricch
    Dua Lipa
    The Weeknd
    Tones And I
    Justin Bieber
    Justin Bieber feat. Quavo
    Lewis Capaldi
    Eminem feat. Juice WRLD
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem