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Peter Oren is an Indiana-born, everywhere-based singer-songwriter who possesses a remarkable singing voice, low, deep and richly textured: as solid as a glacier, as big as a mountain. Similar in its baritone gravel to Bill Callahan, a hero of his, it rumbles in your conscience.
“A strong new Americana talent, pitched between Smog and Sturgill” – Uncut 8/10
Sea levels are rising, plants and animals facing mass extinctions; it may be humanity’s final epoch, which makes it a massive and daunting subject for a lone singer-songwriter to address, let alone a young musician making his second full-length record is doing just this..
But Oren has both the singing voice and the songwriting voice to put it all into perspective. The songs on Anthropocene, his first album for Western Vinyl, are direct and poetic, outraged and measured, taking in the entire fucked-up world from his fixed point of view.
“Music is a sympathetic process, where people who feel the same can experience it together. I don’t know if my songs would change somebody’s mind, but they might help people feel a little bit less alone” he says.
What a pleasure it is for darkest Kent to have this rising star deliver this impressive selection of songs.
“One of 2017’s most incredible voices” – NME