Grown Man Pete aka Pete Duffy is a solo artist from Massachusetts who recently released Placebo Jesus. It’s a lo-fi dirty recording of guitar and vocals. The style is a bit scattered and is firmly rooted in folk.
He opens with “Peaches” which embraces a basic blues scale. I was heavily reminded of early Devendra Banhart. HIs inflection is very similar. The verse works very nicely despite the vocals which occasionally feel a bit too hyperbolic. Once he starts strumming hard the distortion gets a bit overwhelming but I still appreciated the passion
The production is noticeably different on “Lilacs” and the song isn’t as loud. That volume is an issue within the EP itself. Some songs like the last one on the EP entitled “Roses” are a good 4 - 5 dbs softer than the opener. That's an issue that is normally handled within the mastering process with a limiter.
“Lilacs” is more subdued Johnny Cash-esque type folk song. It's very basic all around but quite well delivered. His vocals sound great here and are way more natural and comforting than on the opener. His best moments are usually the most subtle in contrast to “Spirits” for instance where by the end it sounds frantic and chaotic.
Placebo Jesus is a mixed effort both in terms of songwriting and production. There are more inspired moments than attempts that fall flat but either way it feels like a rough demo. I’d like to hear more from Duffy soon with at least a little more instrumentation and consistent production.
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