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Peter Breeze: Bonnie & Clyde

On his first album, Send in the Robots, Peter Breeze insisted that he doesn’t need to go to Hollywood to be a star, he can just walk to the bar. His sophomore effort, Bonnie & Clyde, is about what he found at the bar — love, heartbreak and the loneliness when the light reflecting off the disco ball goes dark.

Produced by Nick Bertossi and co-written by Michael Gordon, the album shows a newfound introspection, as heard in “Forever Wild I” and “Forever Wild II,” which have spoken lyrics, recited like a vocation: “I’ve been hunting since I was a child/And I am forever wild.” Yet the album still remains true to Peter’s club-kid roots, like in the dance anthem “Disco Mama,” where he promises to be on Davie tonight.

The first single, "NYFW" (check out Peter’s Facebook page for the upcoming music video by Rami Films), is the catchiest and the most similar to his earlier songs. It’s constructed with the dirty glamour and club beat his devotees have come to expect.

The two standouts in my opinion are “LA” and “Riot,” which have a rockier vibe that complements his vocals. “LA” is a song about the self-destruction of a Hollywood star, and “Riot” is a forlorn love song that asks, “Who’s going to take me home if you’re lying on the street bloody and beat?” 

Many of the tracks start with interview soundbites, including serial killer Aileen Wuornos saying at the beginning of the song “Fangs" that “They were using sonic pressure on my head since 1997,” and Marilyn Manson at the beginning of "Mechanic" confessing, “If I had to pick a way I want to die I would want to be eaten alive by somebody I was in love with.” Both quotes accurately sum up the tone of the album — the beats pulse straight through your head, and the lyrics make you feel like someone is gnawing on your heart.

Bonnie & Clyde is out May 1. Check out the video preview: