Monday, June 29, 2009
Put A Record On: Jack Peñate Starts Anew
June 29th, 2009 | London
Jack Peñate is one of the few male solo artists to have survived today's synth-wielding pop babes. He might not be as sexy as the girls with his rather rugged tweed look, but with sophomore album Everything Is New, Peñate proves that talent doesn't sit in the clothes, but in the tunes.
Peñate's 2007 debut, , showed off a rockabilly inspired sound, but he was unfortunately to be compared to other young Brit singer-songwriters, such as Kate Nash and Lily Allen. Peñate has wisely used his time since then, however, deservedly earning a solid live reputation while maturing both his sound and lyrics. Even the title track acknowledges this transformation: "Everything is new now, change has been released ... dance away defeat."
You can call Peñate's sound whatever you like, but the music is still happy and cheerful—pop at its best. The increase in sonic quality might also have something to do with Peñate's choice of producer, Paul Epworth, who has helped Bloc Party, Primal Scream and Maxïmo Park achieve success. But for now, credit goes to Jack Peñate and his glorious pop record.
Everything Is New is out now, more info at www.myspace.com/jackpenate.