PSM is the brain child of Mr. V, who came to his Washington DC studio from overseas, picking up musical tidbits from around the world along the way and perfecting his sound over ten years. Peach Stealing Monkeys tracks are underpinned by potent modern trip-hop beats – spacey, half-speed hip-hop rhythms – and tortured guitar parts.
But then PSM is also full of retro musical touches, weaving in a signature lo-fidelity sound that recalls scratchy old vinyl records, mellotrons (lo-fidelity keyboard strings), and echoes of John Lennon. Covers of great songs from earlier eras like Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Leadbelly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” add to the retro feel of this disk. A parade of male and female singers appear on the album, while occasional lines sung in German and Russian bring further spice to this musical melting pot.