Interview With Peppermint Heaven
Peppermint Heaven prove that retro sounds do not need to feel contemporary to fit in the with the modern musical landscape.
Having wowed critics with their 2016 début Precious Things, the duo return with the equally nostalgic Curious Things to close 2017 on a musical high. We caught up with the duo to find out more.
Hi Spark and Juno, we are excited to hear you are back with your sophomore album. What can we expect?
Juno: Synths, bass, beats – wrapped in a heavenly Peppermint sound.
Spark: Some our best songs yet!
The release is titled Curious Things. What prompted the title?
Juno: We feel that the album is a natural progression from our first album Precious Things, so Curious Things seemed to fit.
Spark: It’s actually taken from the lyrics of the track “Monday Morning:”
Monday morning I looked at the sky
Monday morning I asked myself why and
I thought on the curious things that I did
And all of fearless emotions I hid
Juno: We’re feeling a bit more curious than precious this time.
You received glowing reviews for your début album, did you feel under pressure for your second?
Juno: The response to the first album was very positive, so we were conscious of this while writing and recording of the new album, but this didn’t change the creative process.
Spark: We’re confident that fans of the first album will become fans of this album.
Sonically the release in a similar field. What were the key inspirations for the release?
Juno: We felt we had more to say in this sound space, so yes it’s similar to Precious Thing – maybe a bit less 80s.
Spark: More 70s! Actually, the strong response to the first album inspired us to keep going in this direction.
What lessons did you learn from your début?
Juno: How important promoting the music really is. We did several remixes and animated videos that proved important to spreading the word.
How do your ambitions differ this time around?
Spark: We want to reach new fans with this album, but stay true to our sound for our current fans. We hope you all enjoy the show!
Which song on the album are you most excited for people to hear?
Juno: “More Like Me” has been well-received. We’re quite happy about this.
Spark: Two other singles have remixes by Revaux (“Monday Morning”) and Oscuro (“You”), so those singles are getting an additional push.
Juno: We’ve also done videos for “Monday Morning” and “You.” They were directed by Richard J. Perry at Perry Pictures in London.
Lastly, do you have any plans to tour the album?
Juno: No plans for a tour as of yet. We’ll keep you posted.
Spark: Actually, we’re already recording the next album. It’s crazy!
Interview With Peppermint Heaven, 6th November 2017, 13:16 PM