Saturday, January 29, 2022

Peter Doherty and Frédéric Lo embrace optimism with ‘You Can’t Keep It From Me Forever’

'You Can’t Keep It From Me Forever’ is the second single from Peter Doherty’s forthcoming album, ‘The Fantasy Life of Poetry and Crime’. 

For this record Doherty is collaborating with French composer and multi-instrumentalist Frédéric Lo, who weaves an opulent melody beneath Doherty’s charming vocals in their new single. 

It marks a departure from the sprawling instrumentals of his previous project with the Puta Madres, and the indie and garage rock sounds of The Libertines and Babyshambles.

The track opens with gentle guitar strums, before a steady drumbeat kicks in, lulling the listener into its uplifting embrace. Buoyed by its blissful melody, Doherty’s deft lyricism prevails despite its lack of complexity compared to his previous efforts: “That which I desire / That to which I aspire / You can’t keep it from me forever”.


It’s an earworm, built on a simple but effective refrain: “I know every trick in the book / I know every trick by hook or by crook”. The spirited styling of the song was partially inspired by early Morrissey and Suede tracks, as Peter recently revealed to the NME. In its final moments, the chiming of wedding bells can be heard, twinkly and tranquil beneath Peter’s soft utterances.


The new album has been entirely recorded in Normandy, where Doherty has resided for some time. Its soothing scenery and folklore have informed the record, without undermining Doherty’s penchant for the personal and poetic. If this track is anything to go by, ‘The Fantasy Life of Poetry and Crime’ looks to be a joyful indie-rock installment in Doherty’s repertoire.


Sarah Taylor


Image: ‘The Fantasy Life of Poetry and Crime’ Official Album Cover

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