Sometimes, it feels good to be sad—not the anguished grief of painful loss or heartbreak, but a sort of comforting melancholy, like a grey and rainy summer day with a cool breeze. On his debut EP, Millbrook’s Peter Graham settles easily into this sweet and sad mindspace.
Graham’s calm, confident, and emotive vocals shine in confessional songs about separation and loss, on top of a bed of instruments inspired by classic country and roots music: light acoustic guitar, simple piano lines, a plaintive slide guitar, and whoa-oh backup vocals by Darcy Yates (Bahamas, Fred Eaglesmith Band).
In the few moments where songs grow louder and more forceful, the extra energy feels cathartic—not enough to keep the sadness fully at bay, but a temporary victory over it, and oh so satisfying.
Though the album comes after a decade of songwriting and performing, this is Graham’s debut, and it’s a pleasing, confident, and united one.
Peter Graham’s Nowhere in Tacoma is available for purchase on iTunes.
All images courtesy the artist.