PEACH KELLI POP - Gentle Leader LP (black vinyl)
Pressed on black vinyl, shipping by May 25, 2018. Available in CANADA / USA on Mint Records.
L.A.’s DIY sunshine punk favorites Peach Kelli Pop are back with Gentle Leader, the band’s 4th full length album and first in three years. Gentle Leader is
a departure for Peach Kelli Pop’s founder, Allie Hanlon, demonstrating
growth and a new confidence as a musician and songwriter. Following
close on the tails of the band's recent EP, Which Witch, their first with renowned Canadian indie pop label Mint Records, the album captures the band at a crossroads exploring new ideas and complexity while maintaining their colorful energy.
Gentle Leader’s 10 tracks are inspired by a unique range of
guitar driven power pop and feedback laden post-punk from the 80’s and
90’s. Unlike the band's past releases which were almost entirely
written, recorded and produced by Hanlon, Gentle Leader is a
collaborative effort. Hanlon shared production duties
with engineer Roland Cosio who also played guitar on some of the songs.
Sophie Negrini is also featured on guitar, while Andrew Bassett of
Portland’s party-punk band The Mean Jeans provided the
drumming. Gina Negrini, the band's bassist, contributed the song “Quiet”
to the album. This new collaborative spirit works well, highlighting
the strengths of each performer and creating a more sophisticated record
without sacrificing Hanlon’s distinct vision.
Gentle Leader frequently jumps from distortion and
hyperactivity into soft harmonies and tangible vulnerability. The
exhilarating “Hello Kitty Knife” kicks the album off with a giddy
urgency. Things take a turn with an intimate take on the UK indie-pop
classic “Honey” by The Marine Girls. The unembellished
vocals and shimmering guitars reflect the spirit of the 80s' DIY
underground and are brought to light by the production values
reminiscent of an early Violent Femmes album. “Black
Magic” transports the listener to the moment one first realizes their
relationship will soon end, capturing the distinct feeling of heartbreak
and angst with its disorienting buzz saw guitar. The dreamy
“Parasomnia” is hazy doo-wop drenched in layers of warped
vintage Casio synth tones with Hanlon singing solemnly about the
inconvenience of obsessive desire. Like a collection of short stories,
each of the 10 tracks on Gentle Leader possesses its own background, narrative and unique charm.
Further evidence of the band’s evolution, Hanlon opted to retire the
the classic layout featured on the band’s previous album covers. Gentle Leader features
a fantastical illustration by Brooklyn artist Miza Coplin that captures
the animated, abstract and vibrant world in which Peach Kelli
Pop exists. Like an entry point to that world, lyrical references and
themes from songs on Gentle Leader can be found in Coplin’s artwork.
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