You’d have to be a relative newcomer to Essentially Pop to not have read our posts about Peppermint Heaven. The duo, comprising Juno and Spark, are a bundle of contradictions: they come from Chicago, they’re based in LA, but their sound is anything but representative of either city: rather it is a very pleasant trip down memory lane to the 80s and the sound of UK synth pop.
Late last year we introduced readers to Soft People, a husband and husband duo from San Luis Obispo, almost exactly in between San Francisco and LA. Their song ‘Absolute Boy’, struck us with its deeply personal lyrics, and 80s stylings, and we really enjoyed their sound. So we’re happy to announce that their new single, ‘Tender’, is set for release this Friday July 12, ahead of their performance at The California Central Coast Pride Festival that weekend.
Peppermint Heaven will release this Friday a remix of their track, ‘Don’t Give Light To Darkness’, a collaboration with their friend, Oscuro, who has taken their sound to new levels. Peppermint Heaven’s unique brand of 80’s style indie pop has earned them a cult following over the last five years, and this track looks set to continue down the same road.
We’ve had a good working relationship with Peppermint Heaven for several years now, and they even did an Essential Weekly Playlist for us back in 2016. The duo comprising Juno and Spark, based in Los Angeles, are strongly influenced by the likes of Tears For Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds, New Order, Howard Jones, Psychedelic Furs…..among others – so it’s no surpise to see a few of those names turn up in their Essential Weekly Playlist.
The release of Peppermint Heaven’s debut album, ‘Precious Things’ was met with high acclaim, with fans and critics alike amazed at their unique and truly vintage sound, with a sonic pastiche of Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Depeche Mode, and New Order. Now they’ve returned with ‘Curious Things’, yet another authentic slice of Peppermint Heaven’s retro style (with a modern edge).