Peggy Sue’s prior releases wove alt-flourishes of darkness through tales of vengeance and heartbreak. Now, on the band’s third long-player ‘Choir Of Echoes’, they tackle belief systems – and boys, but with grounded realism.
Intro ‘(Come Back Around)’ is a haunting call of harmonies and gospel chants, and similar refrains appear in ‘Two Shots’, its striking, looped vocals leaving you feeling cleansed.
Confronting religiosity on ‘Idle’ (video below) – a mantra-like tale of contemplation – the band’s histrionics are gone, replaced by a raw confessional. Members Rosa Slade and Katy Young are well mastered in collaboration, but there is a distinct feeling of inclusiveness and pragmatism in their words, too.
Their demons finally overcome, Peggy Sue are now revelling in true resolute defiance.
Words: Shahzaib Hussain
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