Peakes – Waves

Dynamic vocals combine with fizzing synth, in this trip-hop inspired track Peakes.

Understated, yet warm and uplifting, Peakes are a Leeds trio who play effortlessly sultry synth pop. From their 2017 release – Space – I’ve been captured by the track Waves.

Waves combines fizzing synth harmonics with a playful attitude to rhythm that flickers between pacy high-hats and a gentle groove. This provides context for vocals that are both self assured and melodious, helped with just a hint of reverb. The sweetness of Molly’s voice occasionally hides her dynamic capabilities, yet when it comes to the wonderful simplicity of the songwriting, this is a band that knows how to construct a hook. Hints of trip-hop run throughout and through their stripped back approach of vocals, synthesis and drums, these influences have been brought forward a couple of decades to adopt a more current take on the electronic tinged genre. Waves is a brilliantly crafted track that forms part of an accomplished debut EP.

Having formed at university, Peakes have slowly spent time developing their sound and live performance, rather than releasing a deluge of demos and detached singles. You could call it a considered approach but I think their music sounds all the better for it. I’d certainly be willing to wait for their next record if it’s as well put together as Space is. Peakes have a number of intimate headline gigs in the UK throughout October and November which you should definitely check out.