London’s resident 6-piece soul collective, Peak Futures make a return to the airwaves today with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore single, ‘Orion’, a deep-space inspired sonic masterpiece that combines influences from rock, soul and electronic music into a sound quite unlike anything you’ve heard before.
The collective, founded by bassist and producer Chris Hills consist of members Sara De Santis (Piano), Joe Bernie (Vocals), Pauli the PSM (Drums), Eva Brooks ( Backing Vocals) and Rebecca Freckleton ( Backing Vocals) take their inspiration from a number of artists and genres including the sonic palettes of Isaac Hayes, both his early Stax staff arrangements as well as the epic solo era. Peak Futures’ sound therefore doesn’t shy away from extended instrumentals or putting a non-vocal part at the fore.
Despite this fact, ‘Orion’ boasts an incredibly captivating performance from Joe Bernie whose vocals command the track with a husky soulfulness and ease that’ll stay on your mind long after the track’s end. Steeped in arcane lyricism that’s complex yet equally compelling, ‘Orion’ ponders the big questions in life, casually dissecting existential dread over haunting synth lines and plucky strings.
Speaking on the meaning behind the track, Chris Hills explains:
“The theme of the whole album is mainly about gaining self-understanding through a journey to unfamiliar spaces, be they physical, mental or cultural. The wider album threads a path that criss-crosses from the stellar to the earthly and back, touching on both the richness and detail of the everyday as well as the cosmic scale of the universe.”
Listen to Peak Futures – ‘Orion’
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