Fresh off of a year chock full of US and European tours opening for the likes of Myka 9, Sole, Awol One, and 2Mex, Ceschi Ramos continues in 2010 bringing his brand of post-folk songwriting and left field hip hop to the stage. With influences from Neutral Milk Hotel to the Freestyle Fellowship we can assure you that you've never seen or heard anything quite like Ceschi before.
Crystal Skull Mountain: A bleak and desolate place, cold and sharp as anything. Boasting a menacing grin, it was decided that this would be the setting for the new Gregory Pepper & His Problems album, coming August 21st on Fake Four Inc.
A native of Guelph, Ontario, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist was acclaimed for his 2009 release With Trumpets Flaring, 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. Moreover, it features killer performances by Toronto-area musical dignitaries, hand picked from the ranks of Bry Webb and the Providers, Ohbijou, Cuff The Duke, Do Make Say Think, and The Niagara Symphony Orchestra.
After spending the last couple years focusing on the hip-pop side project Common Grackle and countless collaborations with producers and emcees (Awol One, Kirby Dominant, Noah 23), Pepper has returned to short, succinct tunes devoid of samples, loops, and synthesizers. This new record is another step forward in His ongoing pursuit of classic pop filtered through a modern lens, deliberately more focused in its aesthetic than past releases. 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.
"It takes just a listen to Dear Rabbit to appreciate his song writing and arrangement. To believe what Dear Rabbit does, you must see him in person." -- John Molseed, Pulse Entertainment Magazine
"Denver's Dear Rabbit (the persona of Rence Liam) abandoned rock 'n' roll altogether. His music could not be separated from his performance, as he assumed the role of a hilarious carnival barker in between his songs, which resembled early 20th-century folk ballads…" -- Joshua Levine, Tuscon Weekly
"Dear Rabbit killed it tonight. He live looped layers of acoustic guitar and mellow trumpet, a la Andrew Bird, and then sang into his guitar pickups for yet another layer. . . he unplugged and walked off stage-right into the intimate foyer where an old out-of-tune piano sat waiting. . ."
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