The mysterious goth-country (or whatever we’re all calling this) crooner released an Album of the Year contender in March’s Pony, a Sub Pop album so rich in emotive songwriting and dramatic intrigue this writer raced to his local brick and mortar to snag the vinyl as soon as he first stumbled upon recent singles “Turn To Hate” and “Dead Of Night”.
Though some sites have lifted Peck’s fringy veil to reveal his true identity, there’s a playful value in just absorbing this relative newcomer for his music and Western glam persona: Part male Lana Del Rey, part outlaw country rebel, part weathered queer icon for the broken-hearted, all voiced by perhaps a modern-day Roy Orbison. Pony is brimming with undeniable magnetism, of sex appeal and country luster reflected off the shine of a performer’s rhinestone, and now the LP’s penultimate track “Hope To Die” receives the video treatment.
The Blake Mawson-directed video, viewable below, is nothing short of stunning. It’s art itself.
“There are a few hidden things in there for people,” Peck tells Vogue. “There is a lot of reference to classic cowboy motifs, and in this video we reference Spaghetti Western and classic images of the cowboy and the sunset, but we add my own twist and the Orville take.”
We don’t know where he came from (we do but don’t wanna say), we don’t know where he’s going (probably to global goddamn superstardom), but all we do know, on the record, is that 2019 has been enriched by this performer, giving us not only some of the most remarkable and thought-provoking music of the past year, but an escape into a fantasyland of our own making. It’s the cowboy way. We’re on the horse, we’re gazing off into the sunset, and we’re riding until we hit water, far from the craziness and minutiae of daily life.
August 14 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory August 15 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah August 17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour August 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour August 19 – San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Music Hall August 21 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Amphitheater August 22 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory August 23 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium August 24 – Fort Worden, WA – The Thing August 26 – Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom August 27 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom September 06 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival September 12 – Lansdowne Park, OT – City Folk Festival September 18 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa September 19 – Somerville, MA – ONCE Ballroom September 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg September 21 – Washington, DC – Union Stage September 24 – Atlanta, GA – The Purgatory Room at The Masquerade September 25 – Ybor City, FL – Crowbar September 26 – Orlando, FL – The Social September 28 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa September 30 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall October 01 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada October 03 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar October 04 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill October 05 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall October 06 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme October 08 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups October 09 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop October 10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry October 12 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival October 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg October 18 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace