Thomas Dahyot. the voice of Madcaps, a feelgood French garage band releases his debut solo LP as alter ego Pepper White. Found in the ten songs of The Lonely Tunes Of Pepper White are Dahyot’s first the loves in song - the casualness of JJ Cale, the smeared pop of 1969 Velvet Underground, the profane gospel of Nat King Cole, the acoustic heartbreaks of Ty Segall, the snap and crackle of a Barratt or Ayers. These are wedded to the trademark signatures of his song writing: the astonishing breaks, the wonderful arrangements and the attention given to tempo.
And then there is the omnipresence of the piano whose keys he had fallen in love with, “Lonely For Too Long”, the first song composed on the instrument and its mellotron finale, gives some clues about the state of mind in which the album was composed. “Still In Love With You”, is sung on two octaves, as if Pepper was in duet with himself. The bewitching “Home Alone” invokes the devilry of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, while “Rom Com” lays bare, with derision, the guilty pleasures linked to televisual mawkishness. These are the elements, new and old, that make up Pepper White’s music.
Lonely For Too Long / Rom Com / Still In Love With You / Ok Alright / Fuckside Down / Home Alone On A Saturday Night / Lockdown / Needed To Cry / Time Has Gone By / The Ballad Of Pepper