Peru: New York Trio Debuts Retro Pop With "I Need You"

April 1, 2015 7:23 PM

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The cover of Peru's debut EP Ordinary People is a rendered pineapple, the delicious prize of the Caribbean that came to denote hospitality sometime during the 17th century. You may have seen a doorknocker in the fruit's shape, a sign of welcome "[b]ecause trade routes between America and Caribbean islands were often slow and perilous [and] it was considered a significant achievement for a host to procure a ripe pineapple for guests." Or maybe they're big SpongeBob fans.

Ordinary People is a welcoming seven tracks, often peppered with vintage-style horns and piano, perhaps a bit of Billy Joel ingrained in the trio's Long Island DNA. "Hey Hey Alright" opens the record in Fitz and the Tantrums fashion, its retro swing and shoutable chorus setting the mood for a pleasa...

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