Peach and Quiet – Just Beyond the Shine

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson

Staples of the Vancouver Island music scene, Jonny Miller and Heather Read, otherwise Peach and Quiet, create a certain warmth with their songs, each one treated to inviting arrangements and gentle harmonies.  The duo’s debut album was created in trying times, yet their hopes for a brighter future shines through in these songs, embedded in their desire for social change and a better world. “Will You” asks all the right questions at the right time, while “There’s a Very Good Chance” anticipates lasting love, in a most tender manner.  The songs range in style from the straight country style of “California Way” to the Byrds-like opener “Empty to Fill”, with the occasional venture in to the bluesy back waters of “Shoreline After a Storm”.  Having both been raised on a healthy musical diet, Jonny’s father being a Reggae DJ in the US and his mother a radio engineer, who often invited musicians home, while Heather honed her craft singing in her dad’s band in the legion halls of Ontario, their shared parental influence certainly seems to have paid off handsomely in these nine memorable songs.  Kudos also to the sleeve designer Wrycraft, for the clever use of the mouth watering fruit in question.