Peco/Valentine Black – A Talented Singer-Songwriter with stories to tell

Back to the bread and butter of the blog this afternoon with some new music for you. I was looking at my list of albums I have and I really do need to get a move on some album reviews that are long overdue. But as the main aim of this blog is to bring you the best in americana, alt-country, folk from Ireland, I’ll stick with that objective for this week. Expect a few album reviews in the next few weeks though. I have a mighty backlog to get through. Anyway enough about that, let’s talk about some new music.

What a great name. Peco is Peco McLoughlin. He was born and raised in Kildare but is now living in Dublin. Peco has a long career in music. Before his current moniker, he was the main songwriter and singer for indie band Valentine Black. I have to admit that I had never heard of Valentine Black before.

 Listening back to some of the bands tracks from the début album “Desire Lines”, Valentine Black has a clear indie-americana vibe. The songs Peco’s voice has a lovely MOR feel about it. I mean that in the best way possible. It’s reminiscent of Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. It’s amenable and feels like the average man talking to you. “In The Dead of the Night” is my favourite so far. Kicking off with just vocals and drums, the song lures you in. Your involved with the song beofre you realise the darkness of the lyrics of the story of one man’s desires.

Peco and the rest of Valentine Black continued to tour after the release of album in 2012. Towards the end of 2014, Peco decided for Valentine Black to take a break and concentrate on solo stuff. As he says himself, the reason for this was the loss of a number of members of Valentine Black to emigration. Using the material that he had written, he decided to utilise what he had around him and shape his music for a more acoustic driven approach.

Peco is obviously a talented songwriter; he has reached the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Contest twice. The acoustic stripped back approach allows his words to shine. “Harbour Master” is a great example of this. Bursting into life with a real sold sea-shanty feel to it, the tune builds into a fearsome chorus. Not bad for one man and his guitar.

This new approach appears to be working for Peco. He recently signed a management deal with Live Loud Music and has had his music featured on U.S. TV earlier this year. It’s all leading up to the release of his début EP, ‘And so I arrived at the start’ due out in early 2016. With the talented penmanship and a melodies that you cant help but bob along to, Peco is an artist to keep your eyes on.

For more on Peco, check out his website, his Facebook page and his Soundcloud page. You can check out his work with Valentine Black here and the Valentine Black facebook page.

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