Masked enigmatic country crooner Orville Peck has announced he will release his debut album ‘Pony’ this year and new single “Dead of Night”, from the record, is finally available to stream in the public realm. From Dolly Parton to Dua Lipa, we caught up with the illusive artist to find out about a few songs that have influenced him and his upcoming release.

Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. The resulting sound is entirely his own. He takes the listener down desert highways, through a world where worn out gamblers, road-dogs, and lovesick hustlers drift in and out of his masked gaze.

Peck announced yesterday that his debut album Pony will be released on March 22nd on Sub Pop. The lead single ‘Dead of Night’ is a torch song about two hustlers traveling through Nevada desert. Their whirlwind romance takes us on a dusty trail of memories – racing down canyon highways, hitchhiking through casino towns and ultimately, ending in tragedy. Orville recalls the adventures of his young love, as he watches the boys silently pass him on the strip, haunted by the happy memories of his past.

We caught up with the illusive cowboy ahead of his three dates in London over February and March to find out about a few songs that have influenced him and his upcoming releases.

Patti Smith – Free Money

I’ve always loved Patti. Horses was the first album I ever bought with my own money. I had to transfer it from CD to cassette so I could listen to it on my Walkman. This song changed the way I thought about music.

Dolly Parton – You’re The Only One

What can I say about Dolly that hasn’t been said already? Someone recently told me they thought Dolly was “underrated”, thinking I was going to agree – but if you have the disrespect to put her in any category other than “legend” you obviously don’t get it.

Nina Simone – Rich Girl

I fucking love Nina Simone. I mean she really is one of my top 5 artists of all time. This song is obviously a cover but in my opinion it’s miles better than the original.

Merle Haggard – Hungry Eyes

I love all the Outlaw Country musicians but Merle really has a special place in my heart. I think it’s that his music has a toughness but such a sweet tenderness too. He’s like the epitome of a cowboy to me.

Dua Lipa (feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson) – Electricity

I listen to a lot of pop music these days. Like top 40 shit. I’m not hugely familiar with Dua Lipa’s work but this song is straight up banger. It sounds like Sylvester to me. I’m just glad there’s still someone trying to make some good old fashioned bops in this world.

 

To find out more about Orville Peck and find out more about his tour you can visit his website Orvillepeck.com