The Orange Peels – Begin the Begone (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

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It’s a given fact that a crisis or tragedy can bring about creativity, and although the Orange Peels are known for possessing an incredibly fertile imagination, Begin the Begone” draws inspiration from a fairly recent encounter.

Lead singer, guitarist and keyboardist Allen Clapp and his bassist wife Jill Pries were stopped in traffic and smacked from behind by a drunk driver. Thank goodness, Allen and Jill were not injured, but the incident provided much food for thought, resulting in yet another collection of ear candy from Northern California’s widely admired band.

The Orange Peels, which also features the talents of lead guitarist John Moreman and drummer Gabriel Coan, have always been a courageous lot. But Begin the Begone — set for release May 5 via Mystery Lawn Records — examines the band on a serious exploration trip, as new buttons are pushed left and right.

A commanding swagger, combined with shades of glammy boogie fever navigates “Head Cleaner,” and the Moody Blues-styled “New Moon” is clad in an exhilarating wash of kaleidoscopic beauty. Blinking piano exercises, layered with a whirling psychedelic finish takes the reins on “Wintergreen,” where the sunburst signals of “Satellite Song” references the experimental brilliance of acts like the Beach Boys and the Millennium.

Lodged in the instrumental section of Begin the Begone, there’s the sweet and sparkly glare of “Tidepool” and “Post & Beam,” an edgy drum solo dotted with some space-age sound effects. Heavy but harmonious guitar riffs, boosted by tight and clutching rhythms comprise “9,” while “Embers” and “Fleeing The Scene” log in as key examples of the band’s distinguished flair for writing, playing and producing crafty music.

Allen’s clear and melodic vocals are at the top of their game throughout Begin the Begone, as is the band’s performances. Constantly resonating with each other, the Orange Peels have definitely surpassed themselves on this remarkable album, and that’s a comment not to be viewed lightly since everything they do demands praise. Standard pop rock angles, mixed with symphonic flurries, progressive arrangements, and supernatural hues are the elements ingrained in these greats songs that grip both the brain and the body.

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
Beverly Paterson
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