Peter Richardson is a 22-year old singer/songwriter from Dublin. An avid songwriter since the age of 15, Peter grew up surrounded by music. After testing the waters with his original songs at a college open mic, Peter began properly recording his music at home in the summer of 2020. A few months later in October he released his debut single, “The End of The World”, an indie folk ballad filled with choral vocals and stirring, apocalyptic lyrics and instrumentation.
Peter’s dramatic acoustic sound draws from a wide range of influences, drawing on the poeticism and varied sounds of artists such as Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Hozier, Lorde and Ben Howard among countless others. Peter also draws influence from great Irish folk singer/songwriters, such as Paul Brady and Declan O’Rourke.
Peter’s second single, “Please Don’t Believe Me” released in March of 2021, and further expanded his ambitious home-crafted sound. The “Gripping sophomore track” (Hot Press) was featured on RTÉ Radio 1 and Hot Press’ “Track of The Day” upon release. Indie Buddie remarked the track “oozes passion, compelling melodies, and cinematic appeal”, describing it as “a refined display of contemporary pop marking Peter Richardson an artist to keep an eye on.”
Since the release of “Please Don’t Believe Me”, Peter has been writing continuously and working on his debut EP which will be released later this year. Working with Cork producer Cian Sweeney (1000 Beasts), Peter is expanding his sound for this new project, and is incredibly excited to share it with the world. Peter’s next single and the first release from his EP, “The Coast”, will release on February 18th.
‘The Coast’ is the first release from Peter’s debut EP which will be released later this year. It’s a mellow track with the most traditional sound on the record, drawing inspiration from some of Peter’s most influential contemporary folk idols such as Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver. As the track dawns around you, soothing backing vocals wash over you, transporting you to the titular “Coast”.
In Peter’s mind, “The Coast” isn’t a place, it’s a feeling that is unique to us, a feeling we can get lost in. As the song rises and the music begins to swell, soulful lyrics carry us to the setting sun on the horizon, the day is drawing to a close and we are caught between what is behind and what could be ahead. In these moments of uncertainty, we power forward on the feelings of excitement within, the knowledge that a setting sun brings a new day and with it more beautiful opportunity.
It’s a feeling we can all understand, those first steps towards the light at the end of the tunnel, the blissful breaking of the clouds above and the soothing contemplation of how beautiful that light will be. For Peter, this song captured that feeling, and the release it brings.
Much of the imagery in the song is built around the importance of nature in folk music, how the experience of nature’s beautiful serenity can bring with it peace, and how its use in music can capture feelings of joy and content. To Peter, these images have always resonated deeply with him and it was something he wanted to encapsulate with this track.
Peter wrote ‘The Coast’ in March 2020, as the cold faded and the summer began to roll in.