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SINGLE REVIEW: Turn A Page by Peter Nigido

After one listen to Peter Nigido’s new single it might appear as if he’s taken his musical cues from early eighties era synth pop but once Turn a Page gets inside your head those comparisons to Talk Talk o r Psychedelic Furs soon dissipate to reveal a song with more depth and intensity beneath all the electronic cosmetics than is first communicated. Not that all those ornamentations are distracting, they certainly are not, indie radio today is replete with casual nods to those same elaborations; Chvrches, Capital Cities and St. Lucia to name just a few. Keeping a rein on his more experimental side, such as what was on display with his two previous releases Touch and Holding Hands With the Sun, is what has elevated this track from mere soundtrack status to a more legitimate claim on creating a breakthrough piece. Nigido not only manages to keep all those art-rock tendencies intact but to imbue them and therefore his songwriting with a more complimentary palette. The song begins ominously, with Nigido’s low almost despairing tone hovering over arpeggiators and pads but soon morphs into a machine throb which sets the scene for the remainder of the song. But across this sonic terrain, Nigido’s voice continues its course, with a delivery that is not always melancholic but is anchored by it. The chant-like refrain of the chorus offers respite from the solitude of the verses but taken as a whole, it is clear Nigido uses these subtle dynamics to push his lyrical agenda; reflection most obviously, and perhaps forgiveness, as one might suspect of such lines as ‘standing by a vision in the mirror’, and ‘we’re shedding skin’. It’s interesting to hear such declarations of self-knowledge underpinned by such self-conscious production. The programmed inorganic meets the unashamedly organic. These sorts of head on artistic couplings are perhaps unavoidable if not necessary in this era of technology-driven recording, but in this case, Nigido has managed to deftly contain the two strands to weave an exciting yet vaguely edifying slab of chart-friendly indie electronic pop in the process.

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