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Record of the Day - 03/20/2022

Orville Peck - Show Pony

One of our customers described Orville Peck to sound as if Elvis Presley and Lana Del Rey had a baby who would grow up to make country music. This sums it up pretty nicely. He definitely set out to put his own mark on a traditionally conservative genre - not just because he happens to be gay, Canadian and always masked. On “Show Pony” - our Record of the Day and his major label debut - he took the leap to mainstream stardom boosted by a duet with Canadian country queen Shania Twain which was the closest he’s come to pop country thus far. His sound is rooted in traditional country, but he often pulls the darkness from alternative places, sometimes adding a goth-related vibe that works perfectly with his rich baritone. It’s hard to separate his music from his carefully constructed public persona, but luckily it’s great and unique enough to work on its own just as well.

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