Genres:Ska, Alternatieve pop, Rock - Vintage rock/Pop, Rock - Indie Rock, Rock - Experimenteel/Post-rock, Rock - Alternatieve rock, Rock - Alternatieve pop
A native of Guelph, Ontario, Pepper was acclaimed for his 2009 release With Trumpets Flaring, which was hailed as “conceptually minded and very, very clever” (1). Some even pointed out that “Pepper taps into the demented genius/ambition of Brian Wilson for his orchestral pop songs, which are head-scratchingly great" (2) and that “this is an intelligently crafted pop album” (3). But while Trumpets was experimental and admittedly lo-fi, Escape From Crystal Skull Mountain is more boisterous and confident, meticulously arranged and produced. Elements of power pop, jazz, chamber music and garage rock are fused by infectious melodies and ornate vocal harmonies. Add that to ample brass and string arrangements atop an aggressive rhythm section with most of the 17 songs flowing seamlessly into one another, and you have an album that demands to be played on repeat.