James Dean”ageless dreamboat, immortal rebel. If you’re gonna channel someone, you may as well aim high.
Viv Peyrat does so in his song, So James Dean. And though the 22-year-old singer-guitarist may share some of Dean’s rebel allure, he also begs more contemporary comparisons: Jeff Buckley for looks, and Jason Mraz for musical sensibility.
Peyrat, a Philadelphian by way of France, mixes pop with R&B, funk and blues, sometimes organically, sometimes with the amps turned up. Like Mraz, his singing is insouciant and breezy; with lyrics revealing a pure heart and a positive mind. Though most songs may shuffle along at an unhurried pace, they’re still driven by hooks”lots of them. So James Dean is a lackadaisical little melody, brightened by an organ and Peyrat’s pretty arpeggios. But Mine Tonight inches closer to pop rock”reverberating guitars pulse and break into an anthemic chorus:
We can ride out in the sunset / We can walk right out the door / We can fly up to the stars/ I’ll leave you running back for more. To all the Natalie Woods out there, this rebel promises a pretty sweet ride.