Album review: Peach Pit’s “From 2 to 3”

The Canadian band’s newest release is comprised of easy listening alternative pop tracks

Peach Pit’s music seamlessly combines satisfying instrumental sounds with mostly gloomy, drug-ridden narrative lyrics. The alternative indie-pop band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is fairly new, the quartet having formed in 2016. The main players include Neil Smith on vocals and guitar, Chris Vanderkooy on guitar, Peter Wilton on bass and Mikey Pascuzzi on drums.

The band’s newest release is their 11-song album, “From 2 to 3,” which is a little over 35 minutes long. Best described as sad pop incorporating surf-rock sounds, Peach Pit is one of my favorites because the band creates songs with anecdotal lyrics that take you through compelling, mostly depressing stories about love and life.

“Alrighty Aphrodite” from the 2018 album “Being So Normal” is Peach Pit’s top song on Spotify. It was released as a single on Sept. 12, 2017, and appeared on Billboard’s Canada Rock chart for 15 weeks, peaking at number 37. For the most part, the band incorporates soft and mellow lyrics with more upbeat and beachy instrumentation.

With 3,022,817 monthly listeners on Spotify, the band imaginatively describes their own music as “chewed bubblegum pop.” “From 2 to 3” was released on March 4 under a label with RCA Records. The band’s bio page on Spotify gives a sense of what it is like to listen to their music, stating that “Peach Pit’s songs feel like a close friend telling you a story.”

Opening their new album is the song “Up Granville,” which includes numerous drug references and talks about someone who is unsatisfied with the company they keep and their life in general. The lyrics of this song are kind of a bummer in this way, but they are ironically contrasted with the boppy instrumental sounds.

The third track on the album is titled “Lips Like Yours” and has the vocals that on this song are a lot more upbeat compared to “Up Granville.” They give a common accountanecdote of the path of love takes. First, the speaker questions whether the person he is addressing is going to join him on the path to a relationship and love with the words “It’s all that way, honey / Aren’t you coming that way?” The lyrics then transition into warning about the dangers of love with the lines “Going through the shadow of love / will f–k you up / and leave you out there, hung to dry.”

The lyrics in the repeating chorus however, basically amount to saying that once you have given in to love and everything that comes with it, there willis eventually going to be a fork in the road where you have to decide to either to leave for something else or stay forever. “Lips Like Yours” is a narrative about the two sides of love and relationships, where it could either be just like the last relationship, which eventually ends, or it could be the one that lasts a lifetime.

The fourth track on the album, “Pepsi on the House,” opens with a more hard rock/surf rock intense instrumental intro. When the lyrics “As light slips in over your face there” are sung, most of the background instrumentals stop, dramatizing those lyrics in a climax. It seems to me, especially with the lines, “Holding my baby like you / When you turn me on / It’s the height of fun,” like the song is describing the speaker’s fantasies about being with someone younger than them, outside of their current relationship. Especially with the lines, “Holding my baby like you / When you turn me on / It’s the height of fun.”

My favorite song on the album is the sixth track, “Everything About You.” The song starts slower than most of the other songs on the album and focuses more on the lyrics and vocals, with limited instrumentals. I really like this song because of the satisfying and jumpy melody during the lyrics “I like everything about you / Heaven is over there if you’d like.” It almost gives a comforting sound, similar to how butterflies in your stomach might feel. In terms of both lyrics and sound, tThis is definitely one of the sweeter songs on the album (within regards to both lyrics and sound).

Overall, Peach Pit’s “From 2 to 3” is a good album to listen to if you like alternative/indie pop music or want to try something new. I will say that the amount of drug references can be cringey and overdone at times, but I think that also just goes with the vibe of music that Peach Pit produces.