Peter Johnston RVA – “Coronation”


“Coronation” shows a rousing rock sound from Peter Johnston RVA. The Richmond, Virginia-based project was featured earlier this year with The Long Winter of No Ideas EP. Like that standout release, “Coronation” continues the artist’s penchant for hooky rock build-ups, also taking inspiration from Catholic faith.

Coming via an upcoming EP, “Coronation” launches from understand twangs into a fervent alt-rock appeal. Traversing back into the bass-fronted vigor and trickling guitars, vocals emerge with an artful quality: “Fashioned from the dust, she’ll not return to the same, such a creature, there’s never been.” References to the Virgin Mary resonate in a guiding, cathartic force — “revealing signs that were foretold
under a crown of 12 stars.” “Coronation” is another sturdy songwriting display from this ascending project.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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