After the critical and commercial success of her Kickstarter-financed 2012 album “The Burn The Truth The Lies” and two years of touring in support of the album, Vanessa Peters is finally back in the studio and working on a number of new projects.
The first is an album with her long-time friends and collaborators The Sentimentals, an Americana band based in Copenhagen. “We had already toured together twice in Denmark, and played shows together in Texas as well, and we felt like it was finally time to make a record together,” she said. Vanessa and the band holed up in a pop-up studio in a farmhouse in the Danish countryside and recorded 5 tracks live with no overdubs. “The Sentimentals are a really fluid, organic band, and they work well like that – they like to do two, three takes of a song, and then move on. So we knocked out 5 songs in less than a day.” They’ve decided to record 5 more tracks this fall, and release the album as part of a European tour in spring 2015. The first 5 tracks will be available on Bandcamp in May, and proceeds from the sales will go towards the second round of recording and the album’s eventual release.
That group of songs speaks to her folk singer/songwriter side, something fans have come to expect from her. But lately Vanessa Peters has been listening more closely to the electro-pop voices inside her head, and her latest collection of songs would fit in well on a playlist with Metric, Feist, Katie Herzig, or even the Italian band Perturbazione. Along with her husband and producer Rip Rowan (who also plays keyboards and drums in her band), Vanessa has been exploring new avenues of layered synth sounds, spooky vocals, and catchy pop melodies. With a large batch of new songs on the set list, they’ve begun playing a number of shows as a duo, with Rip playing the drums and keyboard simultaneously and Vanessa taking the lead on acoustic and electric guitar.
But for all the different formations, the roots are still the same. In the last ten years, Vanessa has played over 1000 shows in 11 countries, receiving accolades from abroad and in her hometown of Dallas, where she was recently nominated as “Best Folk Artist” by The Dallas Observer. She continues to tour the US and in Europe, where she has a strong fan base thanks to the albums she made with her former Italian band, Ice Cream on Mondays, and the hundreds of shows she has played in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Denmark.
“All in all a lovely album. There are plenty of skilled musicians and exceptional vocalists around but not so many as lyrically adept as Vanessa Peters.”
- Americana UK
“The singer-songwriter’s fifth full-length, the album’s rich with intimate observations and relaxed, natural musicianship even on exuberant anthems such as “Grateful.” Her writing and unaffected deliver evokes Aimee Mann as well as the Weakerthans’ John K. Samson”
- David Greenwald, music critic for the Oregonian
“Hooks a-plenty…there isn’t a bad track on the record. I defy anyone with an ear for a catchy melody sung in a beautiful, rich, and completely engaging voice not to be enamoured with this baby.” (8 of 10 stars)
– Americana UK
“Vanessa Peters and ICOM’s “Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up” may well be my 2009 disc of the year.”
– Hickory Wind (USA)
“Vanessa is a true poet and a brilliant singer/songwriter”
– Rootsville (BE)
“the best kind of singer-songwriter”
– The Dallas Observer
“a true poet … tunes that move and delight the ears”
– Whisperin’ and Hollerin’ (UK)
“This is the record I’ve been waiting for Aimee Mann to make for years”
– Heartache with Hardwork
“Peters gets it right … reminiscent of Suzanne Vega and Beth Orton”
– Maverick Magazine (UK)
“The album shows a wonderful mix of folk, Americana and alt-country of the highest level…both instrumentally and lyrically, this album is one of her best creations.”
- Rootstime (Belgium)