I am a singer, songwriter and guitarist. I sing most genres including Rock, pop, dance, classical and folk and have good control of dynamics, timbre, and vibrato. I have a catalogue of over 40 of my own songs (Melody, Chords and lyrics) recorded and many years of experience playing live in my own band and as an acoustic duo. (www.soundcloud.com/fliss and www.ooizit.com/fliss) I also have experience singing in a successful acoustic covers duo and a Carpenters tribute act (songs on star now page and www.soundcloud.com/fliss ). I completed several modules on the MA in song writing at Bath Spa University and hold a Rock school diploma as performing musician (distinction) and am currently training part time as a music therapist at UWE. I am also co writing and singing on a series of dance tracks. I have lots of experience as a session singer, my latest release is singing on a cover version of The Police song 'Every breathe you take' for a German record label (released Feb 2011 as dance version and slow version) I have also sung as guest vocalist for 'The Soul' on dance tracks 'Love in Ibizia', 'This love is dying' and 'Luv U all my life' now for sale on Itunes and on you tube. I am a trained actress /singer and have sung in musicals, including performing ‘I dreamed a dream’ from Les Miserables at the Swan theatre, Stratford Upon Avon. I am a member of PRS and the MU. I have my own professional recording facilities. I speak fluent French.
Fliss Peck: Two worlds, two distinct atmospheres of music. One amazing voice.
It would be fairly simple to leave it at that; after all, you don’t need me to tell you that less is often more. Fliss knows this, and my word does it work for her music. This incredibly talented songstress is at her absolute best when her music goes right back to basics: focussing on her voice, her message, and keeping everything else with a nice subtle groove to help that message along. Luckily, this is true of the large majority of her work.
The first track I listened to was ‘Weekend Girl’, which pretty much told me everything I needed to know of Fliss’ modus operandi. That voice; haunting and beguiling, yet with power on tap when called for. The backing guitar offering a nice level of momentum and groove without interfering with the point of the song. Beautiful harmonies and actual countermelodies as well. My only slight criticism might be that the level of reverb and the overly echo-y effect on this one seems a little too over pronounced, but the idea of the music being hollow does work quite well with the lyrical content.
Next up was ‘Rollercoaster’. Following a similar acoustic vibe as the last one, I liked this one a lot. The harmonies work so well and bring you right into that ridiculously memorable and cheery chorus hook. That also works really well, the juxtaposition between the lyrics being about everything up and down, yet the music stays very upbeat and cheery throughout. This allows Fliss to really shine through with a voice that is full of warmth. The song finishes with a shift up through the keys to an even more cheery point, and even if it is a little contrived, it works brilliantly in the mood of the song. X-Factor, please take note, this is how you change keys! And yes, the guitar accompaniment is fairly simplistic, but it works, and with the sheer amount of cheery foot tapping it makes you do, I don’t think you’ll mind too much!
Suddenly, for the third track, everything changes. ‘Don’t Look Back’ is possibly my favourite Fliss Peck track, simply because it has so much soul and is totally moody all at the same time. This is the first track I’d heard with a full band accompaniment, and everything slots together nicely, with some deft arranging choices. And yet, it still has an air of mellow, chilled-out groove about it that is very awesome. Looking at her MySpace bio, Fliss states Fleetwood Mac as an influence, and here you can really start to hear it in her voice.
The next track ‘Why’ brings us back to the acoustic side of mellowed. Much like all the other tracks, the focus is the voice and showcasing Fliss