Three years ago White Town (aka Jyoti Mishra) had an international No. 1 with “Your Woman”. He took the profits from the ensuing hit album Women In Technology, invested in his own studio, and has released this follow-up on his own label. The result is uplifting and wilfully low key, a refreshingly personal look at life, love and pop culture.
Mishra writes with indie sensitivity, but with attention to rhythm–as in the laid-back early Depeche Mode-style electronica of “Duplicate”, or the ska-based “Another Lover”. Listen to the church organ and quirky philosophy of “Every Second Counts”, or the final track “Excerpts From An Essay”, which sounds like Kraftwerk set to a hip-hop beat. They all add up to Peek & Poke being a sparkling second album.

June 27, 2004. Reviews.