Peaness - World Full Of Worry (Totally Snick
Release Date: Out Now
For once, when the press release uses the phrase 'long awaited' to refer a new release I can 100% agree becuase this debut long player from Chester trio Peaness feels like it's been on the way for an absolute age. But I'm not complaining, it's here and it is fabulous so let's dive in shall we? 'World Full Of Worry' gets going with the relatively gentle acoustic strum of 'Take A Trip', a song full of sweetness and innocence but also a sadness that is palpable. Former single 'Kaizen' steps up the energy levels considerably with what can only be described as punchy and perky indie-pop that really hits the spot. Those choppy guitars are very much at the forefront again on 'How I'm Feeling', a relatable song about being in a relationship or job that is unfulfilling and soul destroying so you've just got to get out. We've all been there, right?
The chunky bass on 'Girl Just Relax' soon gets balanced with the lazy strum of the guitars and you find yourself occupying a place in the middle of a 90s Venn diagram between Britpop, Shoegaze and Grunge that feels very, very much like home. One of my favourite tracks of 2022 so far is the recent single 'irl' which puts the POP in to indie-pop with the melodic vocal harmonies of Jessica Branney and Carleia Balbenta forming a powerful beam of positivity aimed straight at your heart. Mid point track 'Doing Fine' feels like the orphaned love child of Lush and Bis while 'Worry' feels like a Long Blondes track that got lost down the back of a vintage arm chair.
One of the wondrous things about this album is just how much younger it makes the listener feel with an energy and melody focused delivery of well crafted songs. Sweet song 'Left To Fall Behind' has a heavy hearted nostalgia to lines like "hoping for the best, preparing for the worst" before 'Whats The Use?' jumps up to snap you out of your reverie with relentless energy and bounce. Penultimate track 'Hurts 'til It Doesn't' has a Looker vibe that takes me back to nights spent on Kilburn High Road before the albums closes out on self explanatory 'Sad Song' which will be played over and over by many an indie kid as their current relationship comes to an unsatisfactory end. This is a great indie album and I can see many, many people keeping this close to their hearts for the rest of their days because of the care, energy and sheer joy that has been poured in to every track. Not bad for a debut.
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