Okay, Canadian pop may have redeemed itself – especially after past debacles Avril Lavigne and Sum-41 – thanks to the ultra-catchy fun that is Library Voices. On their sophomore LP, Summer of Lust, the group provides everything you could hope for from indie pop: heartfelt lyrics, oddly titled songs (“Generation Handclap”, “Reluctant Readers Make Reluctant Lovers”), and big instrumentation, featuring keyboards, horns, and strings. This album doesn’t have a dull moment, leaving the listener energized and anxious to push repeat.
For a band with seven members, the spotlight necessarily needs to get shared. But even with so many sounds coming at listeners all at once, it never feels like overkill. Easily digestible drumbeats and sweet harmonies provide a backdrop, while the other instruments differentiate Library Voices from their contemporaries. The danceable “Anthem for a New Canadia” speaks of their love for their homeland, and the standout “If Raymond Carver Were Born in the 90’s” describes someone watching all of their peers growing up around them, while they remain the same. Also, true to their indie roots, the single “Generation Handclap” features more somber lyrics, referring to a “generation drunk text,” a brilliant line that may go unnoticed due to the equally strong upbeat horns.
When the album’s done spinning, you’ll feel satisfied but still craving more. With a band the size of a small orchestra, the chances of everyone being content and happy are slim to none, but you can’t hear any musical indifference on this album. Library Voices mesh, control, and don’t hinder themselves by giving away unnecessary spotlight to each other. It all just works.
Essential Tracks: “If Raymond Carver Were Born in the 90’s”, “Generation Handclap”, and “Reluctant Readers Make Reluctant Lovers”