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“There’s currently no shortage of new Manchester bands channelling a shoegaze influence into their sound; far less notable, however, is someone from the solo singer-songwriter bracket attempting that stylistic leap. Enter Dan Peacock, aka Race To The Sea (brownie points for the lovely moniker), whose talent for delicate folk songcraft is equally matched by his grasp of experimental, shoegazey atmospherics. Indeed, it’s really no big surprise that Peacock, something of a stalwart at this city’s various open mic nights, has been winning rave reviews from all the seasoned acoustica watchers. With his soulful, breathy vocals, quietly strummed acoustics and judicious use of effects pedals, he’s a one-man indie-folk orchestra, creating music of considerable shape and texture, but with an intimacy and emotional heft that sometimes feels like he’s singing directly into your ear. The missing link between Lost Souls-era Doves, Nick Drake and Cocteau Twins; you don’t so much listen to these songs as allow them to soak blissfully into your synapses.”

Manchester Evening News

 

“Race To The Sea: it's a great name, for starters. I always like it when solo artists (of any genre) have a band name: it says look, I'm not just another bloke sat with a guitar. Even if in this case he is a bloke sat with a guitar, it still says look this isn't going to be chummy-strummy bollocks... and it isn't. It's reverbed and looped (though not overly so), the guitar coming in waves of shoegazey folky warmth; his voice searching and melancholy, the sea never far from his thoughts; the overall effect like half remembered dreams that wash over you in a rather lovely way.”

Cath Aubergine, Incendiary Magazine

 

“Something really, really beautiful”

Dani Charlton, Amazing Radio

 

“Best appreciated at the end of a long day, the debut EP from Race To The Sea transports the listener to a deserted urban street of thorough calm and tranquillity, its carefully constructed ambience and deftly delivered vocals enhanced further by Dan Peacock's flair for subtle melodies.”

Jamie Downes, A Lonely Ghost Burning

 

"'Kingdom Come' lets its ambient and ethereal surges of sound slide to the listeners' ears, serenely, confidently governed by a mild gush of warm, smooth vocals rich in yearning sentiment and husky timbre. Haunting and alluring acoustic guitar serenades spellbind·like sirens of the sea, whilst rhythmic and resonantly, softly struck percussions raise the listener out of his balmy, elusive yet - given the composition's harmonious and idyllic, breezy sound - more than welcome 'music trance', with steady, imbuing vibrance.

Nessie Holt, Carpe Carmina

© Race to the Sea 2014

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