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The Orange Peels went for a more collaborative writing process for their fifth studio album, 2013's Sun Moon. Main songwriter Allen Clapp had just finished up work on his 2012 solo album Mixed Greens and was surely in the mood for some help from his bandmates. So with bassist Jill Pries, guitarist John Moremen, and new drummer Gabriel Coan all together in their home studio, work began on this expansive pop album, which does the group's legacy just fine. "Yonder," the seven-minute closer, brings in orchestration for a cathartic take on baroque late-'60s pop. For more immediate gratification, there's the guitar and harmony punch of "The Words Don't Work" and the partly cloudy sunshine hovering over the melody, lyrics, and arrangement of "Grey Holiday." Elements of prog rock can be heard in the slower build of "Your New Heroes," making clear that this Bay Area band continues to explore all the avenues of classic rock and pop from the '60s and early '70s.

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Sun Moon - their strongest album to date

Hard to believe that with so many great albums in their catalog, The Orange Peels one-up themselves again. "Yonder", the album's closer, is probably the best song they've ever written. Their sound continues to evolve from their last album, and it really, really works for them. Check out "Your New Heroes" for a strong example of that.


Formed: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Torchbearers of the classic indie pop sound, the Orange Peels were led by Bay Area-based singer/songwriter Allen Clapp and bassist Jill Pries. Originally dubbed Allen Clapp & His Orchestra and including lead guitarist Larry Winther (a former member of the Mummies) and ex-Cerebral Corps drummer Bob Vickers in the lineup, the group debuted with a series of singles on such hip indie labels as Elefant and Four Letter Words; their first full-length effort, One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain, appeared...
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