Mailbag Friday:: Laura Peek & Jody Glenham

Today’s mailbag features two very different women from opposite sides of the country. Halifax’s Laura Peek is finally releasing her new record, Key and from all accounts Vancouver’s favorite CBC3 co-host, nomadic drink pouring Jody Glenham is writing hers. So what ties them together? Well, it’s the ability to use delightful, piano arrangements to consume your thoughts.

 

Artist:: Laura Peek
Laura Peek is an understated, but vital member of the Halifax music community. Her contributions to other people’s records to acts like Brent Randall & The Pinecones were always impressive, but it’s been far too long since her last record.

 

After sitting down with her new record Key, it’s obvious Peek - along with co-arranger David Christensian and co-producers Charles Austin and Mike O’Neil - took the time to develop mature arrangements, tone and subject matter, certainly making the wait worth it.

 

Key is a concise 10-song, 28-minute affair but one that finds Peek exploring the history of Halifax and developing a time-appropriate soundtrack for the journey. Accordion, flute, occasional backing vocals and subtle bass lines help fill out her piano melodies, transforming Peek into a chanteuse that could have been discovered decades ago, charming the listener with songs that look back without forced nostalgia, tug and the heart strings without driving too far toward the melancholy and most importantly, keep the listener, provide the charisma and melody to help push Key to the top of your CD pile time after time. Peek’s quiet confidence helps her deliver serious emotions, interesting narratives and honest looks inside her soul with just the slightest smirk, forcing you to smile from ear-to-ear.

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MP3:: Laura Peek - Stay Sharp
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/laurapeek

Artist:: Jody Glenham
We’ve talked about Vancouver based, Winnipeg born, Ms. Jody Glenham before on the hill, charmed by the stark power of her Frances May collaboration, but never mentioned her more pop laden solo work. She released her last record in 2009, which seems like forever ago but to keep the fans happy she sent along the video for “Buttons” for us to post.

 

The song is a punchy piano jam, and the video follows Glenham as she plays on the pianos left for the masses as part of the Street Tunes art installation in the rainy confines of Everett, Washington. Enjoy.

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MP3:: Jody Glenham - Buttons
WEB:: http://www.jodyglenham.com/

 

Buttons - Jody Glenham from Jody Glenham on Vimeo.

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