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Peasant

On the Ground

(Paper Garden; US: 27 Jan 2009; UK: Available as import)

It’s difficult to talk about Peasant (aka Damien DeRose) without mentioning Elliot Smith. This is unfortunate, because On the Ground shows that DeRose has too much range and honesty to be cast off as a mere sound-a-like. His debut album consists of 13 wispy comfort tunes, all of which sit at about 2-and-½ minutes long. The album whizzes by, but each track has a genuine and insular feel to it, giving DeRose the benefit of the doubt. But there’s simply no way of getting around the layered harmonies and complex chord changes—it’s oddly familiar. The artist has seen some success, getting his song “Raise Today” on network TV, and he plans to release a double album later this year that promises to transcend the “indie-pop” label. I will certainly listen to that, but for now I’ll just sit here and wait.

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Joe is a freelance writer who focuses on music, politics, and popular culture. His work has been published at AOL Music, Staten Island Advance, NYDailyNews.com, and SIDump.com. One semester away from mastering J-School over at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Joe lives in a pastoral abode out on Staten Island where he enjoys the solitude and the whiskey.


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