The Peach Tree Rascals Blur Style And Metropolis Lights On 'Not OK'

By Carson Mlnarik

Lay down vocals, movie a music video, design new merch, play a few video video games; nevermind the coronavirus pandemic, it’s enterprise as standard for Los Angeles five-piece Peach Tree Rascals. From underneath the identical roof, the up-and-coming collective has stayed exhausting at work on their breezy pop-R&B bops, sunny visuals, and rigorously chill Instagram aesthetic — making an look on the On My Block Season three soundtrack, making a line of hoodies, and dropping two new singles and movies, all whereas social distancing at their communal residence. However dwelling as roommates isn’t only a technique of boosting productiveness in an business that has been all however upended; this has all the time been their method of doing issues. “Quarantine life-style is much like the way in which we had been dwelling earlier than it occurred,” vocalist Tarrek Abdel-Khaliq tells MTV Information. “Staying in the home and utilizing our time simply to play video video games, create, and make music and movies.”

Their vibe would possibly sound laid-back, however their grind is something however. After first listening to producer Dominic Pizano craft what would develop into the Peach Tree Rascals sound, they've pursued their DIY model feverishly since highschool, dropping 11 singles and movies since 2018, scoring a label cope with 10Ok Initiatives, and constructing a neighborhood of like-minded Rascals, as they lovingly name their followers, with greater than 1.2 million month-to-month Spotify listeners.

The moniker Peach Tree Rascals got here intuitively, both “pulled out of skinny air” or “given to us by the celebrities,” relying on which member you ask, and the group consists of producer and mixer Pizano, Abdel-Khaliq, fellow rappers and singers Issac Pech and Joseph Barros, and inventive director Jorge Olazaba. Their sound bounces between funk, rap, and dream pop on tracks like “Mango” and “Violet,” sustaining a cohesiveness by way of cascading vocals, mellow beats, and with recurring lyrical themes of affection, disappointment, and hope. There’s little ego within the group due to the natural method their collective got here collectively — they met whereas attending highschool in San Jose. (In actual fact, their first studio was a shed that Pizano in-built his household’s yard.) Lots of their native haunts have doubled as units for movies, together with their car parking zone “smoke spot,” which appeared within the visuals for “Summa.”

Nevertheless it was by way of a handful of productive journeys to Yosemite that they discovered their circulation. After seeing the collaboration and output achieved whereas hunkered down within the serene setting, they knew they wanted to discover a place collectively: Quickly, they relocated to a home in L.A. It’s not a far cry from the mannequin that TikTok collectives like Hype Home have employed, transferring into cinematic Hollywood mansions to collaborate on content material collectively. Whereas Peach Tree Rascals keep a decidedly down-to-earth method to self-promotion, in addition they perceive the facility of a great TikTok. “We've just a little basketball courtroom downstairs and have been improvising some loopy photographs,” Abdel-Khaliq says.

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Basketball stunts apart, the Peach Tree Rascals have been guided by their brimming optimism for the long run and development with every new launch. Their knack for unbridled positivity is on full show in tracks like “Issues Gained’t Go Means,” and the triumphant “Mariposa,” which landed them on Spotify’s Viral 50 chart, measuring a tune’s virality by how usually its shared, an enormous feat for the then-indie group. Their newest single “Not OK” takes a notably darker flip, with a title that unintentionally speaks to the current. Abdel-Khaliq describes the monitor as “the draw back of despair” the place you want a barrier between every part. “With the occasions happening proper now, it simply form of matches in in every single place,” he says.

The video for “Not OK,” premiering completely on MTV Information, captures the glitchy and dim emotions of all-time low. Making artistic use of blurred photographs and lighting, Abdel-Khaliq wanders dejectedly by way of the evening with a security cone on his head, drifting by way of parking tons, cityscapes, and the center of the road. “Don’t attempt that at residence,” he notes. As a result of they didn’t have entry to a further workforce for the video, as a consequence of social distancing pointers, they hopped within the automobile and went with the circulation. “It’s how we shoot a number of our stuff,” Pizano says. “There’s no actual vacation spot, we simply drive wherever we're within the second.”

They apply the identical laissez-faire perspective within the studio as effectively, letting their California sensibilities information them in creating music that they hope evokes a way of residence for followers. However their sonic dissonance is much less of an announcement about style and extra of a mirrored image on their completely different tastes and backgrounds. “Some days Dom desires to make one thing funky, some days I need to make one thing acoustic,” Barros says. Abdel-Khaliq provides, “Then some days, Issac simply desires to rap. That’s how typically all of the genres match into one tune, as a result of all our influences begin to present.”

As a lot of the group are second-generation Individuals with immigrant mother and father, it’s been vital to every member that they keep true to their roots, and proceed doing issues their method, whether or not it’s home-crafted merchandise, or capturing a video at Jorge’s brother’s home. “We all the time attempt to present we’re pleased with the place we come from and wish different youngsters to really feel like they are often profitable with the assets they've,” Pech says.

Whereas their first-ever tour was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s nonetheless palpable pleasure among the many group, in addition to their rising fanbase, with the variety of “I’m right here earlier than they blow up” feedback persevering with to stack up. With every part they do, they take note of the smallest particulars — from their paint-splattered outfits to the teasers on the finish of every video hinting at new music to come back. “We need to make an entire world that revolves round us, like our personal exhibits, motion pictures,” Olazaba says. Their plan for this yr is to proceed dropping new music as they put together to finally hit the highway and play their songs dwell for the primary time. “We’re making an attempt to not decelerate and hold content material going throughout quarantine,” Barros says. “And each time the time is true, showtime.”

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