Fossils and Other Phantoms

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Rosa Slade and Katy Young, the lead vocalists and songwriters of the band Peggy Sue, call their music folk, and while it certainly draws on the melodic simplicity and stark presentation of traditional folk singers on both sides of the Atlantic, they've created their own dark little niche. Some call it folk noir, and that's as good a pigeonhole as any. The first thing that hits you is the intertwining harmonies, delivered in woozy, somnambulant tones that manage to sound both ironically detached and painfully involved in the romantic fray that most of the tunes traffic in. The harmonic intervals lend the duo's muted singing the quality of sounds heard in that strange state ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Rosa Slade and Katy Young, the lead vocalists and songwriters of the band Peggy Sue, call their music folk, and while it certainly draws on the melodic simplicity and stark presentation of traditional folk singers on both sides of the Atlantic, they've created their own dark little niche. Some call it folk noir, and that's as good a pigeonhole as any. The first thing that hits you is the intertwining harmonies, delivered in woozy, somnambulant tones that manage to sound both ironically detached and painfully involved in the romantic fray that most of the tunes traffic in. The harmonic intervals lend the duo's muted singing the quality of sounds heard in that strange state between sleeping and waking, when random words and noises can take on profound, and even frightening meaning. That feel is augmented by the lyrics, packed with images of lost connections, battered psyches, and passionate regret. The melodies are simple with hints of blues, jazz, and R&B slippin' and a slidin' through the arrangements. "The Reminder" is a stygian torch song full of ferocious yearning, and like "Fossils," has an implicitly sexual lyric. Both tunes start quietly and build to emotional crescendos that give drummer Olly Joyce a chance to deliver subtle percussion freak-outs. "The Shape We Made," a visceral song about the physical pang of lost love, has a Velvet Underground-like acoustic drone that complements its aching vocals, while the hardest-rocking track is "I Read It in the Paper," another tale of lost love that balances violent regret with inevitable resignation. Young and Slade both play all manner of string and keyboard instruments, but the arrangements here are as minimal as their vocals. Naming your band after one of the most famous rock & roll songs of the '50s takes a lot of chutzpah, but this trio pulls it off with a soulful, minimalist sound that's all their own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2010
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457220621
  • Catalog Number: 2206
  • Sales rank: 140,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Long Division Blues (3:47)
  2. 2 Yo Mama (3:51)
  3. 3 I Read It In the Paper (3:07)
  4. 4 Green Grow the Rushes (4:31)
  5. 5 Watchman (3:25)
  6. 6 She Called (4:37)
  7. 7 Careless Talk Costs Lives (2:50)
  8. 8 The Remainder (3:52)
  9. 9 Matilda (2:50)
  10. 10 February Snow (2:53)
  11. 11 Fossils (4:05)
  12. 12 The Shape We Made (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peggy Sue Primary Artist
Colin Stetson Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Stuart Bogie Saxophone
Ben Lovett Organ
Rosa Slade Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Ukulele, Vocals, Group Member
Olly Joyce Banjo, Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Katy Young Guitar, Percussion, Accordion, Glockenspiel, Vocals, Mouth Trumpet, Group Member
Technical Credits
John Askew Producer
Ian Grimble Producer, Engineer
Alex Newport Producer, Engineer
Alan Emptage Engineer
Traditional Composer
Guy Davie Mastering
Ben Lovett Producer, Engineer
Diko Shoturma Engineer
Chris Tabron Engineer
Peggy Sue Arranger, Composer
Benjamin Phillips Artwork
Rosa Slade Composer, Lyricist
Katy Young Composer, Lyricist
Alex Churchill Composer
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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Great Album

    After seeing Peggy Sue open for Kate Nash in concert, I feel in love with them. Though it is on the shorter side (I think it's less than an hour long) it's a great album.

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