Kicking off 2019 with a massive retro-pop rock blast is Australian singer-songwriter Peter Senior. His latest track Little Lovin has just been released and is sure to be as successful as his last three singles, Cool Ride, Baby I Love You and The Christmas Tree. Yet another song from his debut album On The Edge, Little Lovin is a high-energy record which is emblematic of Peter’s all-encompassing style. There are echoes of Motown, early 70s pop rock with a smattering of blues and rock and the influences of Billy Joel and Springsteen. A pianist of the high calibre, most of Peter’s material is piano-driven, whether it’s a ballad or an upbeat stomper like Little Lovin. On this track, the keyboards have been augmented by some blistering brass and a bevy of background voices. This takes the track to an almost spiritual level—yes, there are strains of gospel here, but these harmonies never manage to lessen the rock-infused approach, which is apparent as soon as Peter hits that first note. The vocal performance is an important part of this record and from the opening verses, which despite being suitably measured, there’s a sense of impassioned commitment which is obvious. And that perhaps is what is needed most with a track like this, in fact, with most of Peter Senior’s material, which is a blend of yesteryear with today; a kind of Bublé, Billy Joel mash-up that is as brazen a musical style to adopt in this era of hip hop pop, as it is surprisingly refreshing—and it’s refreshing because it is done well and with clarity and a sense of ownership.
LittleLovin is a party record too, uplifting, joyous, you can imagine it getting blasted in a lounge room somewhere at 2 am, revellers stomping to the relentless rhythm and getting lost in the aural dazzle of horns, harmonies and the intensity of vocal delivery. It’s a song that will no doubt help Peter Senior reach another level in his blossoming musical career.