Peppermint Moon – ‘Pocket Dial Tears’ EP

Showcasing a hooky blend of power-pop and psychedelia, Pocket Dial Tears is the new EP from Peppermint Moon, the solo project of Bay Area-based musician Colin Schlitt. Reminding fondly of Matthew Sweet, aesthetically, the EP boasts an abundance of catching moments — from warming haze of the soaring “Above Clouds” to the hypnotic subduedness of “Day to Day” and the vibrant rock twangs within the opening “I Thought I Knew.” Per Schlitt, the album’s name references “a phrase that popped into my head that describes the horrible consequences a butt-dial can cause.”

“I Thought I Knew” kicks off the EP with wit and melodically soaring engrossment. “Humble pie won’t make you die, just choke it down,” the vocals enamor alongside flourishing guitar twangs and a backing textural caressing. The “you go downtown,” hook stirs with the added vocal reflections. Elsewhere, “Foxy Friends” engages with its warming guitar/organ interplay and weary-sounding vocal timelessness. The hypnotic psych-pop and folk sound of the finale “He She They” wraps up the EP with similar strengths, exuding a laid-back mystique. Peppermint Moon thoroughly impress throughout this release.

“I Thought I Knew” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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