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Review: Faint Peter, “Redoubt”

No Comments 10 April 2016

Review: Faint Peter, “Redoubt”

Redoubt is one of those rare albums that stops you in your tracks on first listen. The range and depth of the lyricism is impressive on its own, but the combination of De Natale’s ability to be so vividly present in every moment and note makes this something special.”

Artist: Faint Peter

Album: Redoubt

Genre: Folk

RIYL: Fleet Foxes, Jeff Buckley, Lord Huron, City and Colour

Faint Peter - Redoubt

Faint Peter continues a tradition of heady, atmospheric folk that seems to emanate from the fog of Puget Sound. Boston-born, Seattle-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joseph De Natale may take the moniker of Faint Peter, but the music that makes up this debut record, Redoubt, is anything but faint or trailing. In fact, what may seem familiar territory in the school of new folk, complete with lush and sweeping harmonies, soon gives way to an unconventional and often unpredictable songwriting style that feels fresh and entirely self-assured. 

“Wherever We Go” opens with a beautiful, layered harmony to set the stage and cleanse the palate. Soon after, “The Well” lets listeners know in no uncertain terms that De Natale possesses a pure and soulful voice with color and light that moves and shifts on a dime. “Way to Die” is quite the stunner, and finds De Natale exploring every nuance in his vocal range. It’s ambitious and assertive, and feels like Jeff Buckley-meets-Lord Huron in the most glorious way possible. So then when this track slides into “The Cure,” you begin to think just about anything’s possible. This track soars, bolstered by De Natale’s transcendent vocals and the rise and fall of the instrumentation backing him up. Never at any point during this track, or any other, can a wall of sound overtake his presence.

“Dear” was another favorite; the simplicity of the finger-picked guitar adorned with the flourish of strings and percussion. “What You Took” ain’t your father’s folk; it’s pointed, steely and incredibly relatable in its unflinching honest performance. De Natale delivers one of my favorite vocal tracks here, a complex mix of emotions that pushes buttons and reaches deep into the well. “Ontario” is the song I want to listen to on the open road, driving through forests and rocky cliffs by the beach.

Redoubt is one of those rare albums that stops you in your tracks on first listen. The range and depth of the lyricism is impressive on its own, but the combination of De Natale’s ability to be so vividly present in every moment and note makes this something special. What a wonderful introduction to a songwriter and singer who has a gift for the unexpected and the range to pull it off. Give this a listen now, and be one of the first to recommend this to your friends.


Faint Peter: http://www.faintpeter.com/home/

 

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