BY George Halas
”Loving you is lonely work. I could use a friend.”
For months, Trevor Jarvis sat with this line before approaching Appleton native Hillary Reynolds to help develop the song into a duet. Now, a year later, Peridot has released “Lonely Work” as their first single with 91.1 The Avenue.
Peridot is a re-imagining of the Hillary Reynolds Band, keeping Reynolds and Jarvis from the HRB lineup along with guitarist Marton Bisits.
“Over the last year, Hillary and I had been writing all of this new material together, and it just started to feel different to us,” Jarvis said. “The process became even more collaborative, my voice started playing a bigger role along with hers, and we reached a point where the music just didn’t fit the band name anymore. Peridot’s music is far more focused on what we feel we’re best at which is folk music driven by strong melodies and substantive lyrics.”
Rob Moore, vice-president of programing of 91.1 The Avenue, is already a fan.
“The response we receive to Hillary and Trevor’s music has always been noteworthy,” Moore said. “That’s why we are so excited about Peridot. Sometimes new artists come along who create an immediate bond with the audience because the music is at once both original and engaging. This is true of Hillary’s recorded music as well as her live performances. The fact that she comes from our neck of the woods makes it even more special.”
Lonely Work is accompanied by a music video with a simple concept, designed to marry with the song itself.
“The music video was filmed among friends, champagne, and a small crew from 21summit Productions in Boston,” Reynolds said. “We hatched the song in Trevor’s apartment and it felt like the right place to tell the story.”
Peridot will finish recording their upcoming EP this winter and plan to visit Wisconsin this spring for a concert marking its release.