“They Know God (But I Know You)” is the beautiful new single from South London duo Peter And Kerry, which comes on the back of last year’s comeback single “Cold Hugs”, and is a precursor to their forthcoming sophomore album, due to be released via Ferocious/Kobalt.
You might remember the duo from their 2012 debut album La Trimouille or their Clothes, Friends, Photos EP, a year before that, which saw the duo garner support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, XFM and Channel 4, with rave reviews from Clash Magazine, The Guardian, The Line of Best Fit, and The Quietus, among others.
Unfortunately I don’t remember Peter And Kerry from any of their previous music, but as for this new single “They Know God (But I Know You)”, it’s one hell of a record! Musically, it’s nothing edgy or anything like that – it is a simple piano ballad, with some subtle string arrangements added for good measure, but it’s Kerry’s voice that steals the show here, with some help from Kerry’s backing harmonies.
The thing that first struck me about the song was the title, or at least the first half of it ‘They Know God’, and putting the excellent vocal performance to one side, the songwriting on this is beyond. This line “To see someone you care about that way, that must be what people mean, when they say they know God / To see the strength in someone that you know, that must be what people mean, when they show they know God / Because I believe in you” will get you every SINGLE time.
Their comparison between the human relationship Kerry sings about and someone’s knowledge of God is so intriguing. Can you believe in any human being at the level at which one believes in God? So many layers to unpack here but I’ll let you listen for yourself. It’s an amazing record.