If you haven’t been listening to Peasant, now’s a great time to start. The project of Bucks County-bred singer-songwriter Damien DeRose is about to release its fantastic fourth full-length, Bound for Glory, on the UK-based Schnitzel Records; across a baker’s dozen tracks, the album really brings Peasant’s music alive. Formerly situated in the quiet, contemplative corner of the music spectrum – the land of Nick Drake and Red House Painters – the new songs have a sense of vigor and urgency as rhythm section Bruno Joseph (bass) and Alex Bortnichak (drums) chase DeRose across a tour of musical styles. In their Key Studio Session, we get a cross-section – “Take It Light” is their moseying Nashville number, “Girls” is a 70s power-pop nugget, “Amends” tries on a country drawl and “The Flask” is the indie rock anthem. Download them all below, catch the band live this Saturday April 14 at Maxwell’s on Main in Doylestown, and wish them bon voyage as they head to Europe for a month-long tour. Bound for Glory is out next Tuesday April 17.
Maxwell's on Main, Peasant, The Key Studio Sessions