Orville Peck (from the album Pony on Sub Pop Records)
The melodies drift in a dream through Pony, the recent release from Orville Peck. Sonically, Pony is a Roots/Americana variation on the moods and musical themes of a David Lynch soundtrack, Orville Peck comfortable in a twin Peaks ambiance. Big clouds of chords form its musical backing before “Kansas (Remembers Me Now)” loses its signal and dissolves into static as the track makes an exit. Pony parks in Carson City to tell its story on album opener, “Dead of Night” while the sparkle of the notes in “Nothing Fades Like the Light” dim into a quiet musical reverie and the guitar joins with the banjo to toss out big fat audio raindrops from “Big Sky”.
The stage setting for Pony is a long desert highway stretching through the windshield into forever, the sound of the album joining a cast of fringe dwellers captured in the sweeping stories presented as sagas on the recording. Orville Peck is the guide for words and music, producing the tunes and fronting the album as masked crooner unpacking a suitcase full of cowboy tales of love and loss. As the sound melts around Orville Peck, “Roses Are Falling” speaks its condemnation against a stark backing of a drifting lead guitar, harmonica, and persistent rhythm. Pony lets its guitar strings fly free when “Winds Change” pulls the curtain on a spaghetti western soundtrack underneath a tale born in the legends of the old west. Orville Peck leads haunted choral vocals over the ghostly melody of “Old River” and scatters out a shuffling rhythm to welcome “Queen of the Rodeo” as he walks tall on the dark trudges defining the beat in “Hope to Die”. Pony hops a train-track groove for the fractured Country and Western memories of “Take You Back (The Iron Hoof Cattle Call)” while Orville Peck encourages “Buffalo Run” to pick up speed over runaway downhill rhythms.
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