The debut album has finally landed from Peter McVeigh and isn’t it a treat. Greeted with an orchestral opening to the album with ‘Stronger,’ you just know you are not going to be disappointed. One of the best opening tracks I have heard in a long time, Peter’s building vocals through the track from the bridge to the chorus, enveloped in a burst of instruments are sublime.
Ciara O’Neill joins Peter in the single track ‘Song for Winter’ and it is a partnership made in heaven. Stunning harmonies and strings throughout make a hauntingly gorgeous track that leaves you wanting and hoping for more from this duo. ‘When We Kiss’ features Mike Malinin and is a more up-tempo track with a feel of Bastille behind it. This shows off Peter’s skills proving that he is not all about the slower, darker songs and that he can rock out a pop rock track like the best of them.
‘Dancing’ is a simple and enchanting track. With the simplicity of piano and strings and Peter’s distinct vocals this is stop-in-your-tracks beautiful. Full of love, regrets and what if’s, it pulls the album back to what we know and love from Mr McVeigh and this is exceptional.
‘This Year’ builds bigger and louder within the guitars, drums and vocals it has a stunning country undertone that is worthy of any Nashville stage. Perfectly arranged, catchy lyrics and toe tapping sound.
A gorgeous picking opening to ‘I Remember’ leads in to reminiscent lyrics and flawless vocals. A beautiful melody, with Peter showing off his range with vocal gymnastics leaves you floating into that state of remembering things that were in the back of your mind…
Staying in the theme ‘Sarah’ is a little bit darker, sadder. The opening chords will brings in the song in a warmer variant but as the strings enter it brings it down a notch. Haunting and dark. Probably my least favourite track but only because the rest of are on a different level.
We go back into that fantastic indie/pop-rock vibe with ‘We Can Dream.’ This is bop around your living room, singing at the top of your lungs perfection! A vocal attack on the senses with punches of guitars and percussion, over and over, this is the most definitely the anthem track of the album. ‘Home’ is so pretty. If a song can be pretty. A yearning to come back, love, companionship. Wherever or whatever home is. A proper heartstrings of a song accompanied with a gorgeous keys. The final track is ‘Save Me.’ A perfect closing track for a pretty much insanely brilliant album. Pitch perfect vocals, strings, everything.
I know I have used ‘stunning’ a lot… but this truly is. ‘PM’ has the ability to leave you forgetting that this is a debut from Belfast because you could quite easily be hearing this on any stage in Nashville and beyond. A ridiculously strong, hauntingly beautiful debut from Peter. Truly unbelievable.
◀ STANDOUT ⁞ Stronger ▶
◀ SOUNDS LIKE ⁞ Rob Thomas | Damien Rice ▶