Peter Day | Break Down the Heavy

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Break Down the Heavy

by Peter Day

Harmony-driven singer songwriter with a groove!
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Been There All Along
4:38 $0.99
2. The Beauty That Surrounds
4:03 $0.99
3. Your Compass Heart
4:16 $0.99
4. Ode to Joe
4:50 $0.99
5. If You Looked Both Ways
4:12 $0.99
6. I Spy: The Ballad of Jolene Bixby
5:13 $0.99
7. Emily
3:33 $0.99
8. Whiskey On the Waves
4:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recommended if you like: John Mayer, Paul Simon, Death Cab For Cutie, Brett Dennen, Rubber Soul-era Beatles, Guster, Phish, Tom Petty, or CSNY.

Genres: Singer-songwriter, Indie-folk, Americana, Soft-Rock

Descriptors: heartfelt, cheerful, upbeat, thoughtful, sweet, sunny, organic, earnest, contemplative, melancholy

"Break Down the Heavy" by Vermont singer-songwriter Peter Day infuses well-crafted lyrics with lush harmonies and deep -pocket grooves. The songs range thematically from smuggling shipwrecks and jailbreak penpals to life’s overwhelming beauty to finding your way. There is also a high-spirited ode to coffee.



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Great set of original tunes impeccably played!
Peter Day, whose great bass playing and bell-clear singing has been an integral component of virtually countless professional bands and tours (The Grift, Honeywell, The Sweet Remains, to name just a few) steps out into the spotlight on a great new solo release, “Break Down The Heavy.”

This crisply recorded and perfectly mixed set is neither spare- the instrumentation is flawless (all great players) and the layered harmonies are one of Day’s best gifts- nor is it cluttered; there is a studied, relaxed pace that allows the songs to breathe in such a way that the strong lyrics are understood and each instrument is heard in balance.

The catchy first track, “Been There All Along,” builds in swells from a simple acoustic guitar rhythm comp to a highly effective repeated vocal phrase in the round.

“The Beauty That Surrounds” is an absolute gem, with a deeply soulful hook, luscious harmonies, and an aesthetic theme. It is, for this listener, the best song of the album, and, paired with the next song in sequence, “Your Compass Heart,” is easily worth the price of album download alone.

“Emily” is a beautifully heartfelt bluegrass-country-rocking love song.
“If You Looked Both Ways,” a meditation on different ways in which we can view our world, has penetrating lyrics and a moody late-Beatles influence. There are also two songwriters’ stock-in-trade upbeat pieces that add buoyancy, mirth and wit to the overall project.

The cd closes with “Whiskey On The Waves,” an historical piece that I can pretty much guarantee you will be the hippest shipwreck song you are likely to hear in this lifetime.

Break Down The Heavy is a superb effort from a consummate musician. I am enjoying it immensely and will look forward to more of his solo work in the future.