It would seem somehow neglectful to let the year slip away without giving
an appreciative nod in the direction of Peaches' fifth album 'I Feel Cream'.
Merrill Beth Nisker is a writer/performer worth getting to know.
Confrontational, dirty (in the nicest possible way) and fiercely talented.
(Her 2006 album 'Impeach My Bush' really is one of life's small necessities).
The new album finds Our Lady working with some exciting contemporary
electro producers : Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax and Digitalism among them.
The territory has not changed too much (thank goodness!). If anything the
differences are small and point towards a more focussed musicality than
we have heard in her work before. Dare I say a greater maturity?!
Things start as they mean to go on with the wonderfully
brash but perfectly trimmed 'Serpentine (I Don't Give A ...Pt.2)'.
Sassy, rhythmically focussed and a bursting bubble of fun.
'Talk To Me' demonstrates, if evidence were needed, that Peaches can sing.
Her performance with Soulwax is a lung-busting, larynx-grating,
pristine piece of electric R&B. (I may have shouted "Go Girl!" unwittingly
at some point whilst listening to it for the first time!)
The collaboration with SMD on 'Billionaire' is a fine example of funky
urban minimalism. Peaches spits out the lyrics like she means business.
Title track 'I Feel Cream' has a strong, danceable, trancey synth line,
addictive beats and a nice floaty vocal hovering over it all.
'Show Stopper' is a short but electric punch in the gut.
'Mud', another peachy piece of work with SMD, is pinned down by
a glorious big, bad bassline and decorated with just the right
amount of blips and bleeps to provide structural support for the vocal.
Final track, 'Take You On' makes a lot out of very little.
A stripped-down, highly compressed arrangement which
brings the project to an end in fine edgy electro style.
Somewhat neglected on these shores, Peaches deserves an audience.
If you like feisty and fabulous then in all probability you'll love this!