Oh Pep! - Stadium Cake mp3 album
Oh Pep!'s debut album 'Stadium Cake' is the culmination of years of friendship and collaboration between Pepita Emerichs and Olivia Hally. Formerly trained classical and jazz musicians who found common ground in folk music and then proceeded to take that genre to a place it's never been before. Recorded in Nova Scotia, Canada, Stadium Cake is an indie-pop masterpiece with the DNA of a folk record. Mandolin, acoustic guitar and violin meld with electronic instruments and programmed beats accompanying Olivia Hally's gorgeously melodic voice.
Melbourne duo Oh Pep! may have cut their teeth on plucky folk tunes, but their debut album makes a bold leap to accomplished indie rock and radio-friendly pop. Yet for all the playful risk-taking here, there’s also a pervasive air of cool, confident craftsmanship-just look to the jittery pulse of Bushwick and the snappy beat of Happenstance, which help catapult charismatic songwriting and sudden structural twists into a dizzying array of colours. Even better is Doctor Doctor, a synth-buzzing anthem worthy of Tegan and Sara.
They wanted to be completely open to new ideas and approaches, and to not confine themselves to preset conceptions of how the music should be made. Doctor Doctor, the album’s first single, is a pop song with elements of the unexpected, revealing the band’s interest in experimental and occasionally dissonant melodies as Hally sings Where is the light, for me it’s the darkest night.
Stadium Cake is the first full-length album by Australia's Oh Pep!, though the duo of Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs have been at it for several years, both on the festival circuit and, with three EPs under their belt, in the studio. Their Dualtone Music debut turns a corner stylistically as they adopt a more streamlined pop sound that incorporates both electronics and grittier rock influences at least as much as the twangier folk of prior works. For a different type of complexity, mixed time signatures mark tunes such as "The Situation" and "Seven Babies. The former is a ballad and the latter a jaunty rocker, but neither loses track of its melodic focus or its sense of ease. The album as a whole demonstrates a knack for memorable tunes, substantial lyrics, and those ear-friendly, often deceptively complex arrangements. If the band name is their most questionable decision, they're off to an enviable start.
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That brings us to Oh Pep!, who recently released their debut LP Stadium Cake. Unlike many of the aforementioned celebrities and artists, Oh Pep! sounds a little less Marcus Mumford and a lot more Arcade Fire. However, the female-fronted group is unique in that they use mostly traditional bluegrass and folk instruments to create their indie, jangly pop, including, guitar, violin, mandolin, double bass and bouzouki
Artist: Oh Pep! Label: Star House Collective. Feist, Jenny Lewis and St Vincent are aural touchpoints on Oh Pep!’s debut album, particularly on tracks such as the string-supplemented Tea, Milk and Honey. Crazy Feels brings a subtle sense of electronic pop experimentalism to the table. That also means it’s far from original, but there is an exquisite charm to these songs that is impossible to resist.