EP Review: Burning Peacocks – Burning Peacocks EP

Burning Peacocks EP

burning peacocks epReleased December 8th 2014

Words by Haven Laine

A good introductory EP should be multi-faceted. It needs to show all elements of what the band hope to achieve in an album yet also tie in together to help give them their own sound and identity.
On the first few listens, Burning Peacocks sounds like a French dreamy interpretation of Lana del Rey that has taken some of the best bits of pop music from the 60s through to the 90s.
The first track Games has simple swaying guitars with soft vocal layering. The lyrics start out rather whimsical and seem carefree but are actually very honest and sad. The chorus is slow but doesn’t drag and as the song picks up more momentum, everything builds together nicely. The whole song comes together with the introduction of a pop bass line and an instrumental which feels like what I can only describe as vintage surf pop-rock.

Avril opens like a song Madonna would be proud of; synth dance beats, midi drums and a slight disco feel. It has simple dreamy vocal melodies about a girl sexually obsessed with a male suitor. Following a stripped down bridge which sound more like spoken word poetry, there is a much more accessible instrumental which feels like it would be a lot of fun to dance to live.

Questioning the Silence hits you straight away with harpsichord augmented fourths, which can be a little unsettling after the 80s disco track we just heard. This song speaks of a woman scorned. And has moments hinting at a very uplifting song, like Games there are elements of surf rock, this is something I could see in a Tarantino film. It’s sensual ending with echoing vocals ends up creating a very cool sound.

Finishing with The One the EP gives beautiful and unexpected instruments, drums and percussion that sounds like it belongs in an Arabian tent or a medieval carnival. Sadly the vocals are rather uninspired in this song; There are some lovely harmonies but I wanted a stronger finish.

Overall the lyrics and vocals are never overly ambitious but the production and instrumentals make up for it. Burning Peacocks have drawn me in enough that I would love to see them on stage and hear what they can do live. The variations in genres explored all comes together effortlessly and does give them a rather unique feel. It helps that their music video has beautiful homicidal French teenagers. They’re on my radar.

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