Orville Peck exploded on the scene earlier this year. The Canadian country music artist released one of the more hypnotic albums of the year, “Pony,” which sounds like if Roy Orbison was born in the 21st Century.
Peck is a masked singer — the public doesn’t know his real name or age, but we do know his music, and that’s more than good enough. Recently, a music video for “Nothing Fades Like Light” was released, closing out a remarkable year and introduction for the singer, who has a voice as strong as an ox.
Nothing Fades Like the Light
It’s the last track of Peck’s well-rounded album, which is full of range, atmosphere, and most of all, fun. His music, and most notably his voice, is very pleasant to the ears. In one year alone, that voice has amassed a rather passionate fanbase entranced by Peck’s olds-chool yet modern sound.
The music video is directed by Deni Cheng, who previously directed “Lonely Night” for ALMA and short films worth watching. In the video, Cheng visualizes what a surreal and exciting year Peck has had on the road. It has more twerking than expected:
The Rise of Orville Peck
Always sporting self-made fringe masks, Peck so far is making his success all about the music rather than himself.
He’s putting his sound first, not his face, for the masses. It’s a captivating persona and mystery as well, but by staying out of the spotlight, he keeps his diverse group of fans focused on what’s important, and lucky him, he’ll remain anonymous as he wanders the streets.
Why the Mask?
Peck has been playing music for many years now, but only until he recently started writing his most vulnerable songs did he reach his potential and connect with all ages of music lovers, as he told GQ:
“I have time for everyone’s perspective. And if you’re a middle-aged, straight, white male living in the Midwest and you hear my song and the fact that I’m singing about love between two men exhilarates you? I’m all for that. The things on the album I think are more risqué are the moments where I’m being more open emotionally. So much of the album is vulnerable, and I’ve never really done much of that, and I think that’s what’s held me back in the past as an artist.”
As for the mask, he sees it as a symbol of his vulnerability. In his own words, a mask is almost more revealing since it removes the focus from his face; he believes his eyes and body movements tell the audience more than his mug ever would.
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Peck’s concerts receive nothing but praise and love from his adoring fans. From what’s been said and written, the singer and his band put on a live show that does “Pony” justice.
Hearing that powerful, manly and slightly funky voice live, it’s an experience fans will have next year as the music artist continues to tour. The artist announced another tour for 2020, starting in Australia and then venturing into the United States. Don’t miss it:
- Jan. 10 – Sydney, Australia @ Sydney Festival
- Jan. 12 – Auckland, New Zealand @ The Tuning Fork
- Jan. 14 – Fortitude Valley, Australia @ The Foundry
- Jan. 16 – Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel (SOLD OUT)
- Jan. 18 – Launceston, Australia @ Mona Foma
- Jan. 20 – Sydney, Australia @ Sydney Festival (SECOND SHOW ADDED)
- Jan. 25 – Denver, Colo. @ The Mission Ballroom
- March 11 – Santa Fe, N.M. @ Meow Wolf
- March 13 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Jones Assembly
- March 14 – Dallas, Texas @ Canton Hall
- March 15 – San Antonio, Texas @ Paper Tiger
- March 18 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall
- April 25 – Indio, Calif. @ Stagecoach
- May 1-3 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Shaky Knees
- May 15 – Gulf Shores, Ala. @ Hangout Music Festival