The Orange Peels: 2020 (2009), Minty Fresh Records

Si no estamos errados, éste es el cuarto álbum de la banda californiana Orange Peels, proyecto liderado por el músico Allen Clapp, quien se ha rodeado siempre de fieles colaboradores para dar forma a sus ideas poperas y darles forma en formato de disco. Tal y como sugiere el nombre de la banda, su música nos presenta igualmente una especie de mezcla de sabores, de lo más dulce a lo ligeramente amargo o agridulce; un viaje desde lo más edulcorado del Pop (We´re gonna make it, Seaside holiday, Birds of a feather, Jane Lane), a su visión más agria vía Robyn Hytchcock/Soft Boys (Shinning like stars, Charmed life, The great outdoors), e incluso a la más rockista visionada por la Elo (2020). Hay que señalar que en esa especie de mezcla entre Rock glamuroso y sonidos setenteros y, por qué no decirlo, algo afectadillos, podemos encontrarnos con la huella indeleble y palpable de Mgmt, quienes impregnan temas como We´re gonna make it, Jane Lane o Seaside holiday. Disco que no pasará a la historia, desde luego, pero del que podemos rescatar buenos momentos, especialmente aquellos en los que la huella del Power-Pop es más latente; su faceta de medios tiempos edulcorados, la más abundante en el disco, sin embargo, es más prescindible, sin duda.
“Glitter Rock. Opulent ’80s Pop. Glammy Prog. Bearded, backwoods Elk Rock. Who gives a rat’s ass if there’s no melody at the heart of it; no soul.
Not that The Orange Peels don’t dabble in these styles. They just don’t have the time to waste on cute, genre-based music that cuddles up to a pre-existing audience. Defiant, dramatic and probably a little bit of a showboat, bandleader Allen Clapp tells it like it is on “Shining Like Stars,” a glammed-up rocker from the band’s forthcoming album, 2020: “If making melodies is a crime, I’m guilty as charged.”
As the title suggests, 2020 deals with perceptions. Being released on the precipice of a new decade, the album is as much about looking back on 10 years gone awry as it is about looking forward to the promises of the future. Sometimes life comes at us in crystal clear geometry and hard numbers, and sometimes details reveal themselves only in the soft-focus of memory.
Moving in and out of focus through these 10 songs, the band has achieved its own vision on its own terms. Recording the album at its modernistic Eichler headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, the band took its time to decorate each track (or in some cases, de-decorate) for maximum emotional impact.
“It’s not our job to just record a performance and dump it on the unsuspecting public,” Clapp says. “It’s incumbent upon us to drill down into the soul of what makes each song tick and bring that up to the surface. It’s like raw, emotional source code.”
Featuring Clapp on vocals, piano guitar and drums, Oed Ronne (The Ocean Blue) on lead guitars, electric sitar and vibes, Jill Pries on bass guitars, Bob Vickers (The Incredible Vickers Bros.) on drums and guitars, John Moremen (Jad Fair, the Roy Loney Band) on guitars, all the current and itinerant members of the band are represented. Even original Orange Peels lead guitarist Larry Winther took off his reunion-era Mummies bandages for a few minutes to grace the album’s lead track with a chickeny guitar solo”
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