Nowadays, when someone decides to play and compose folk, alt-country or americana, they must have a good reason and even better skills. This is the case of Peter J. Birch, a musician who has been proving for almost ten years that guitar music is doing well provided you have an idea for it. The artist from Wołów is not short of these ideas, because he is presenting his fourth full-length album entitled Inner Anxiety. Peter J. Birch, because under this pseudonym he creates Brzezinski, is a man-orchestra who, regardless of whether he performs alone on stage or with a composition of musicians, can build a unique atmosphere after just a few bars. He inaugurated his career in 2010 by releasing the EP “In My Island”. Another publishing house shaped his style, which was liked not only by listeners, but also found recognition in the opinion of journalists or organizers of the largest festivals. Peter J. Birch’s account has performed at major events in the country, such as the Open’er or OFF Festival, but also abroad, where he had the opportunity to present himself to the audience of many European countries.
Peter J. Birch’s style has been blushing for years. The warm sound of the acoustic guitar is accompanied by a strong, male voice with no shortage of emotions. The lyrical layer is as important as the sound, as Brzeziński convinces on each of his albums. Although the stylistic range of the artist from Wołów is wide, the overall work of Peter J. Birch should be considered exceptionally coherent. The musician manages to extremely neatly combine elements of folk under the sign of William Fitzsimmons with alt-country accents in the style of Ryan Adams, Wilco or Okkervil River. Interestingly, Brzezinski’s sound will easily find fans of Neil Young or Nick Cave, but one has to admit that Birch does not lack the courage to go beyond the limits of guitar music and experiment with elements of electronics, just like Damien Rice or James Vincent McMorrow. The common denominator of all Birch incarnations is authenticity, which stands out regardless of the accompanying sound entourage.