Amiable Toronto-based country crooner and self-styled "outlaw cowboy," Orville Peck is a purposefully enigmatic performer whose music fuses goth, shoegaze, and indie rock with iconography that honours classic '50s and '60s country music. Donning a cowboy hat and fringed leather bondage mask,Peck's music and image at once embrace and subvert accepted Western culture tropes. His county music influences came to the fore with the release of his song "Dead of Night" in 2017.
In January, Sub Pop announced the upcoming Orville Peck album by posting a David Lynch-inspired video for his debut single, an upgraded version of this song, followed by a second, equally surreal video for "Turn to Hate.” Peck’s new record, Pony, finds the rootless rambler letting his limber, multi-octave voice roam on surreal, cinematic tunes. Peck reveals few details about his life off-stage, preferring to talk about his influences (including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton) and musical approach. Word is he lived around the world and toured extensively with punk rock bands before embracing his cowboy identity.