‘Last Leaf’ from Peter Lacey – refreshing, inspiring and different(February 24, 2014)
Another pop-tinted contemporary folk album … but this one is refreshing and what’s more, inspiringly different. This one exudes the maturity and profundity that only years working as a musician can bring. The compositions hook from the outset, the narrative lyrics tell stories you want to hear and the musicianship is outstanding. Having explored a vast range of styles and influences over the years, Peter Lacey eventually moved into the solo performer role and released a selection of albums … now, and in his own words, his latest ‘Last Leaf’ reflects ‘something of a return to my roots in folk music’.
That’s certainly true, the roots are evident but there’s also a consummate level of skill and talent that catches and keeps your attention. The songs use an expressive, narrative feel that is quintessentially English, made all the more meaningful by Lacey’s dramatic vocals. The myriad of intriguing elements that feed their way through the songs are quite simply hypnotising. Nothing predictable. Everything inventive. Without doubt ‘Last Leaf’ Peter Lacey will stay with you for some time.
Listen to songs like ‘The Woodwind’ or ‘Harvest Moon’, the quiet rural tale of ‘Fisherman’ or the emphatic sadness and lyrical depth of ‘Gatekeeper’ and you’ll find this an album to play and replay. The instrumental track, ‘Seven Hills to Hangleton’ weaves and turns, its changes emulating the undulations of the Seven Sisters hills; similar keyboard, percussion and guitar intricacies adorn ‘Sparrow’ with its cautionary troubadour-tinged observation.
Reviewer: Charlie Elland