Music is, by its nature, derivative and often times it’s easy to ascribe influences to a particular artist. Alt-J was a band last year that seemed to skirt any kind of label, even though some didn’t think they were as groundbreaking as promised (I disagree, but whateva). SPEAK is a band from Austin, Texas that comes to deliver on the promise of innovation and a fresh sound – having told the major label scene to kick rocks and do things their own way. What happened next is a track that goes all the places you didn’t expect it to go, and works in all the ways you didn’t think it could.
If that sounds like some seriously pretentious hipster bullshit I’m not even going to argue with you there, I get it. But even on your 3rd or 4th listen to “Peaks” will leave you happily scratching your head, wondering where on earth this came from. This is a band to pay attention to.
Oh, and according to Pigeons & Planes (who broke the track), they’ve got a video game coming alongside the album this summer? Art rock, indeed.