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Peacock Affect

Some artists depend wholly on outside producers or bandmates for guidance on musical quality control. George Holman, who records introspective indie pop under the moniker The Peacock Affect, is an exception to that rule. Not only is the Exeter, UK-based musician his own harshest critic—he’s discerning about which songs see the light of day. In Holman’s hands, his influences feel new, thanks to impeccable, spacious arrangements that give the music room to breathe. Holman is a versatile vocalist with expressive range; he’ll switch from keening falsetto to a low-register growl, sometimes in the same song. Peacock Affect’s music is successful because of its purity and lack of artifice. Holman isn’t afraid to make himself vulnerable, but he does so with purpose and clarity.