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If biographies are just TL;DR for you:
In the last ten years, Vanessa has played over 1000 shows in 11 countries, receiving accolades from abroad and in her hometown of Dallas, where she was recently nominated as “Best Folk Artist” by The Dallas Observer. She continues to tour the US and in Europe, where she has a strong fan base thanks to the albums she made with her former Italian band, Ice Cream on Mondays, and the hundreds of shows she has played in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Denmark. In early 2015 she released her 10th album, the Americana-tinged “With The Sentimentals,” and is back in the studio working on another album of new material.
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After the critical and commercial success of her Kickstarter-financed 2012 album “The Burn The Truth The Lies” and two years of touring in support of the album, Vanessa Peters has just released a new album, “With The Sentimentals,” and is back in the studio working on another.
With The Sentimentals was recorded with her long-time friends and collaborators, a group of Danish musicians called, well, The Sentimentals. “We had already toured together twice in Denmark, and played shows together in Texas as well, and we felt like it was finally time to make a record together,” she said. In April 2014, Vanessa and the band holed up in a pop-up studio in a farmhouse in the Danish countryside and recorded 5 tracks live. “The Sentimentals are a really fluid, organic band, and they work well like that – they like to do two, three takes of a song, and then move on. So we knocked out 5 songs in less than a day.” The recording session went so well that Vanessa and the band met up for a second session in October 2014 at a different farmhouse and recorded 5 more songs (as well as an unreleased Ryan Adams cover song that hasn’t yet seen the light of day).
Vanessa took the tracks back to Texas and producer Rip Rowan (who also played keys on the album) mixed the album, and with the help of pre-sales from fans, the album was released independently on January 20, 2015 in the US. In support of the album’s release, Vanessa (and the band in various formations) did a 60-show, 3-month tour across Europe, where critics heaped praise on the album, calling it “her strongest album to date, period” (Alt-Country NL).
While that album could be filed neatly under “folk singer/songwriter,” her most recent songs have been hewing ever-closer to rock-pop (in the vein of “Grateful” from her last album) and the latest batch would fit in well on a playlist with Metric, Feist, or Sarah Harmer. Along with her husband and producer Rip Rowan (who also plays keyboards and drums in her band), Vanessa has been crafting songs differently this time around, using layered synth sounds, spooky vocals, and returning to a style of production that is closer to what she did on the b-side tracks from “Little Films.
On stage, Vanessa and Rip often play shows as a duo, with Rip playing the drums and keyboard simultaneously and Vanessa taking the lead on acoustic and the very-occasional electric guitar. They are fortunate to be joined from time to time on electric guitar by Grammy-winning guitar player Joe Reyes, excellent Texas singer-songwriter Daniel Markham, or the fantastic Daniele Fiaschi from Rome. This summer will find the band playing some hometown shows in Texas, but mostly holed up in the studio, hoping to finish the new album in time for a fall/winter release.
Reviews from “With The Sentimentals,” “The Burn,” “Sweetheart,” “Little Films,” and “Blackout”
“Her strongest album to date, period.”
– Alt Country NL
“All in all a lovely album. There are plenty of skilled musicians and exceptional vocalists around but not so many as lyrically adept as Vanessa Peters.”
– Americana UK
“the best kind of singer-songwriter”
– The Dallas Observer
“The singer-songwriter’s fifth full-length, the album’s rich with intimate observations and relaxed, natural musicianship even on exuberant anthems such as “Grateful.” Her writing and unaffected deliver evokes Aimee Mann as well as the Weakerthans’ John K. Samson”
– David Greenwald, music critic for the Oregonian
“Hooks a-plenty…there isn’t a bad track on the record. I defy anyone with an ear for a catchy melody sung in a beautiful, rich, and completely engaging voice not to be enamoured with this baby.” (8 of 10 stars)
– Americana UK
“Vanessa Peters and ICOM’s “Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up” may well be my 2009 disc of the year.”
– Hickory Wind (USA)
“Vanessa is a true poet and a brilliant singer/songwriter”
– Rootsville (BE)
“a true poet … tunes that move and delight the ears”
– Whisperin’ and Hollerin’ (UK)
“This is the record I’ve been waiting for Aimee Mann to make for years”
– Heartache with Hardwork
“Peters gets it right … reminiscent of Suzanne Vega and Beth Orton”
– Maverick Magazine (UK)
“her superb lyrics and unforgettable performances with ICOM are already something not to be missed”
– Corriere della Sera, Milano
“The album shows a wonderful mix of folk, Americana and alt-country of the highest level…both instrumentally and lyrically, this album is one of her best creations.”
– Rootstime (Belgium)