- by Mark Steele Rating:7 Release Date:2016-11-18 Label: AWAL (Artists Without A Label) / Bad Production Records
The third album by Nottingham's singer-songwriter Jack Peachey aka Gallery 47, brings in musicians from fellow Nottingham bands, The Invisible Orchestra, Harleighblu & Band Of Jackals. It should appeal to those with a palette for artists such as Ultimate Painting, EZTV, and even 90s alt rock band Blind Melon.
A simplistic uncluttered delivery greets you on 'Rising Star', it's friendly in the way similar to good news enters your conscience. The band I'm most reminded of are Gomez, and it is quite a nice notion to imagine another artist carrying on that organic storytelling sound. Strummed acoustic guitar, trudging drums and a neat bass is all topped off with phased violins with jazzy-blues piano tinkles. A definite mid-70s vibe covers much of 'Mother Plan', smooth bass runs, guitar evenly spaced out alongside piano arpeggios, liquid high-end harmonies, captivate a respectful gaze.
Skipping on fanciful air seems to cushion the floating 'Never Alone', constant bass and drums under sprinkles of guitar and piano. Though what is timely for current times includes the lines "My self-included in a hopeless daze and everyone, everyone's mad". Surfing along upon a melodious breeze, 'Free Range' looks happy colouring everything it passes, in an Arlo Guthrie-laced jazz-folk glaze. It really is a similarity that has been pondered upon whilst listening to this series of songs.
The melodies on 'It's Been A Long Day' has a George Harrison Raga type angle to it. The strong piano and bass movements topped with free-spirited guitar picking. The mellow vibes are really embedded throughout and shines really bright on the swinging 'Looking Wonderful', and saunters along humbly in the aching love song 'All I Know'. Some double bass booms warmly alongside the brush-played drums and jangly 'Dream Real', which is followed by the work-grind narrative 'Some Of You Don't Get It', a fairly honest existential account that many may relate to.
Philosophical examination features sporadic throughout within Jack's lyrics, and clearly evident on the ballads 'Take It From Me', and 'Never Known' that could be termed Thinking Man's Country-Folk Music. The album rides out on a lifting psychedelic charger 'Dulcimer' droning and chiming guitars/piano, over cruising bass and drums.
Clean follows on from All Will Be Well quite naturally, and these songs by Gallery 47 will find themselves in many places and hearts. This is a credit to Jack in that his songwriting holds a contemporary charm and a timeless down-to-earth ethos.