Orville Peck ‘Bronco Chapter 1’ Album Review

Perhaps his theatrical appearance draws people to him, or it is instead the magical pipes he uses to sing his music. For sure, Orville Peck has become a recognizable enigma in the music world. With a face of gold and a heart of coal, the masked singer’s talent shines in the form of his thrilling genre of country. Peck entered country music with his first album, Pony featuring the hit track “Dead in the Night,” which assisted him in winning A2IM Libera Awards’ Best Country Album and Best Artist in 2020. This outlaw cowboy has even teamed up with music legends such as Shania Twain and Lady Gaga to create glamorous country productions.

An EP and a few singles later, Peck is making his entrance to the stage once again with his sophomore album Bronco. His second album will be composed in three parts, with the first one releasing on February 11th, consisting of four songs and a music video. The whole album is officially slated for release in a couple of months on April 8th. In his press release, Peck passionately shared that Bronco “is all about being unrestrained…and ultimately emerging from a challenging personal time.” Composed with great emotion, it is his most authentic set of music to date.

While Peck’s discography is rooted in traditional country music, he’s not one to fear dipping into other genres to create thrilling new tunes. In the press release, the singer behind the fringed leather mask explained that he was “inspired by country rock, 60 & 70s psychedelics, California and even bluegrass for this new country album.” Knowing that Peck’s work can bring out a fierce swagger, it is exciting to explore his newest songs.

“C’mon Baby, Cry”

The lead track of Bronco brings out a nostalgic feeling that is reassuring, and it’s sung by a sad fellow cowboy who has been around and knows that it is okay to let your emotions out and cry. Peck’s intro song for his latest album brings in old western style tunes and a wholesome flicker of light. The music video director from Peck’s “Queen of the Rodeo,” Austin Peters, returns to direct the one for “C’mon Baby, Cry.” It uses sharp visual contrast with an ombre of dark tones and distinct colors – creating a stunning and emotional composition.

“They say it’s darkest before dawn /, but you’ve been smiling for so long / A thousand teardrops can’t be wrong.”

“Daytona Sand”

Starting with a bouncing beat, the instrumental visually paints the scene of a man riding his horse alongside the rising sun. It’s sung by a brokenhearted Peck, who is parting ways with a lover with who he thought he could work out a relationship with. Longing to go home, he sings his sorrow and exhaustion from love’s sting. The lonesome cowboy continues his way down the path as he relives memories. He chugs along like a train as he repeatedly spells out his home “m-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i.”

“So what you say, big blonde / Is that another whispered plan? / I’ve been around long enough to know you can’t trust a man.”

Orville Peck Bronco

In this song, Peck feature’s his vocal range talent by shifting from low to high notes – it’s a beautiful contribution to what he laid down in his previous album. Additionally, here in this track, we have a moving subgenre of country music with a catchy touch of California, and it invites the listener to sway along to it. Peck shouts, “Let’s go!” as he dives into a guitar riff about halfway through. With this added to the song composition, it now carries a wild and free-like sensation. The song ends as the guitar fades away because we’re outta time.

“Headed down the PCH to that malibu line / Baby, I’m outta time.”

“Any Turn”

The song starts as if someone tossed a firecracker onto the dancefloor. Without hesitating, the music strikes off with an upbeat tune as Peck jumps in with lyrics to match the beat. This is a song that is sure to get everyone going. He sings out exhausting stories of anything from love triangles to writing songs. To get out of reliving this routine of stories, Peck expresses that any turn will do, but the beat encourages to do it quickly. Knowing he made what could be his next big hit, Peck ends the song by saying, “That’ll do.”

“Big head, goin’ down / Something ‘bout a horse and a man and a Cadillac.”

Following his upcoming album release, Peck will begin with his headline touring on April 14th. Be sure to visit his official website to see which city near you he will perform and when the presale will begin for it. It’s been a few years since his first album touring, and we are thrilled to experience the captivating performance for The Bronco Tour.

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