Bring to the Dawn by Pete Campbell: Review
All Pete Campbell ever wanted to do was play music. As a guitarist for Sydney rock bands Brave and Crazy and Maryanne Rex Band in the 1990s, he took his first steps into the music industry. In the intervening years, he has transformed into the folk, blues, and country singer-songwriter he is today. “Bring to the Dawn” is the lead song from his most recent album, “A second glimpse”.
I’m immediately struck by the instrumentation’s simplicity while remaining intimate. There is great harmony between the fiddle, bass, drums, guitar, and backing vocals, and no one instrument or voice overpowers the others. To think that this was an artwork created based on nothing more than “a brief on the feel” that Pete wanted makes it even more stunning. But it’s Pete’s vocals that will definitely have us coming back for more. It has all the rawness and sensuality of something you might see at a bar or an acoustic lounge. The sheer intensity of feeling he puts into them is palpable, and his delivery is what really makes them stand out. You know you’re good at what you do when all you need is a guitar and your voice to shine. Pete sings aloud his reflections and fears in order to find the courage to get up, leave the darkness behind, and embrace a new beginning, a new dawn. “Bring to the Dawn” is a sneak peek into his upcoming album, “A second glance”. If this is the first time you’re hearing the artist’s work, there’s no better place to start than with this track.
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Review by: Lily Thomas