This one’s a pretty decent record. Light, busy and sweetly effervescent, Singh and Laurent exude an air of confidence in the way they put this one together in the recording studio. A band with a lot of promise in my book.
Charming and wry, Pepper Rabbit’s second LP Red Velvet Snow Ball is a busy busking record pumped full of dissonant tones, precious harmony and heapings (heapings!) of psych-pop enthusiasm. Coming courtesy of Los Angeles transplants Xander Singh and drummer Luc Laurent, who’ve left behind the stripped-down, Of Montreal-by-way-of-Beirut sound of their debut album, Beauregard–and their erstwhile home, New Orleans–tack on about ten times as many instruments and a thousand times more busyness in the studio this time around. And, from the beginning pitches of “Lake House,” a tremendous starter heralded by soft, punctuated vocals from Singh, multi-layered analog synth styling, textures and Laurent’s measured, spacious percussion, you can tell Pepper Rabbit is serious about the nigh-whimsical, intentionally voluminous space they’ve claimed for themselves. Although there is still plenty of ukulele to go around.
And for the rest: Pepper Rabbit: Red Velvet Snow Ball