Second album from sonic globetrotters Black Peaches, fronted by Hot Chip and sometime Scritti Politti member Rob Smaughton. Following in the footsteps of 2016 debut, Fire In The Hole promises more virtuosic musicianship and blending of genres and eras, ranging from country and rock to funk and tropicalia.
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Dinked Edition LP on Hanging Moon Records, pressed on Teal coloured vinyl. Includes signed 11" x 11" art print + exclusive bonus 7". Limited edition of 350 numbered copies.
Nice record from Black Peaches here. When he's not in Hot Chip, Rob Smoughton is crafting 70s-style Americana, country, bossanova, and lounge music in Black Peaches. I suppose the retro sound gets a little annoying after a while. 'Lemonade' could be a real banger, but it's somewhat tarnished by the country-style cadences that are resolved in a very irritating way. Still, nice song. I really like 'Spice Route'; Black Peaches seem most at home in this kinda louche setting, complete with Martin Denny-y marimbas and Pastor T L Barrett-esque 'oohs'. I'm getting a distinct afrobeat vibe on this record as well. Album closer 'Pillars of Hercules' is similar to something Amadou & Mariam paired with Pastor Lappe would have concocted.
I liked this record. It's fun, produced very well, has lots of good sounds on it, and it reminds me of lots of top stuff. However, where 'Fire In The Hole' falls down is in the faint hackneyed 70s sound that rears its head on a few of the songs. Still, any album that brings to mind Esquivel!, Pastor Lappe, Pastor T L Barrett, and Martin Denny is always going to be ok in my book.
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