Review by Nick Manduley

April 17, 2021

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The Indie soul-funk quartet Pepperwine independently released their latest single “Try” on March 1st. The tune follows their 2020 single “Grey” and their 2018 LP Bright Ideas. Nearly clocking in at a whopping six minutes, “Try” is a playground of grooving drum and bass, funkalicious guitar licks, and shimmering keys.

Vocalist and keyboardist Kellie Shane delivers a performance that shines bright; vocal melodies are executed with feeling and precision, while her harmonies breathe life and dimension into the mix.

Bassist Julian Michalski holds down the low end in an air-tight rhythm section. Michalski’s basslines add that extra funky layer to the song’s foundation of dance beats and shuffle-grooves; basically a guarantee that you’ll dancing at your next (socially-distant and likely outdoor) concert experience. Guitarist Breece Panepinto’s modest stylings are the icing on this soul-cake; his clean-toned noodlings are just as much earworm material as Kellie’s vocal melodies. The song draws to a close with an emotive swell of the full band in tandem with Kellie’s vocals.

Try” is a tune that embodies the immaculate vibes of a Jersey Shore summer. As I write this review, I’m taking moments to close my eyes and take in the tune, imagining that I’m sitting on the beach in perfect weather. For now I’ll have to settle with these tepid April days, but “Try” will nonetheless end up on my summer 2021 playlist, and hopefully the playlists of many others as well.

Try” is currently available on all major streaming services.

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Nick Manduley is an aspiring music journalist and musician from Bradley Beach, NJ. He is currently an intern at Relix Magazine where he helps produce and curate online content. Since 2016, he has provided guitars and vocals for the local punk band Drive, Kid. Drive, Kid released an EP and a full-length album in 2018, and are currently recording their sophomore LP.


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