Red Velvet Snow Ball
Released: Aug 2011
Label: Kanine Records
There are roughly a dozen different instruments co-starring in Pepper Rabbit's mix of folky psychedelic pop. And yet just two guys, frontman Xander Singh and percussionist Luc Laurent, concoct it all, gracefully spinning polyrhythms around woodwinds, strings, horns and vintage synths. Singh's vocals are Sufjan-level innocuous (when he cusses, it just doesn't seem right), yet they add a weightlessness to the swirling instrumentation. Overall, Red Velvet Snow Ball is finely polished, but it's missing some of the unrefined whimsy that made the duo's debut, Beauregard, such a delight.
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