Orville Peck

Orville Peck

A self-styled "outlaw cowboy," Orville Peck is a purposefully enigmatic performer whose music fuses elements of goth, shoegaze, and indie rock with grand-scale vocals and iconography that honors classic country music from the '50s and '60s. Performing on-stage with an elaborate mask, Peck's music and image at once embrace and subvert the accepted tropes of Western culture, but his strong, melodramatic voice is expressive and keeps the music rooted without letting the subtle ironies of the songs overpower the performances. Peck made a splashy debut with his 2019 debut album, Pony, which made a strong impression despite his desire to keep the particulars of his identity under wraps. In his public statements, Orville Peck has revealed few details about his life off-stage, preferring to talk about his influences (including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton) and his musical approach. Peck has said that he has lived in many cities around the world and toured extensively with punk rock bands in the past before embracing his identity as a cowboy. He began acknowledging his country music influences with the release of his song "Dead of Night" in 2017. In January 2019, Sub Pop announced the upcoming release of the first Orville Peck album by posting a David Lynch-inspired video for his debut single, an upgraded version of "Dead of Night," with a second, equally surreal video for "Turn to Hate" following in February. The album Pony arrived in March 2019. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi