This Library Voices article was written by Cristina Esteban, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Tim Burden.
Recorded in an old funeral home, and after a number of misfortunes fell upon the band – including a serious attack on the lead singer which put at risk the completion of the album – the indie-pop band Library Voices from Regina, Saskatchewan return with their third studio album.
With their first EP ‘Hunting Ghosts (& Other Collected Shorts)’ and their first studio album ‘Denim on Denim’ being nominated for Independent Album Of The Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2009 and 2010 respectively, ‘Lovish’ certainly differs from their previous works yet maintains the band’s defining indie sound.
The album starts with ‘Oh Donna’, the song most likely to become the hit of the album. It is full of in-your-face lyrics put together nicely by a tune easy to remember and follow through. This song truly represents a point of view, starting with the opening verse “All of your heroes, they’re all assholes, but that don’t mean, you should piss on your dreams”.
‘Sunburnt in LA’ then completely changes the way you think the album will go. It’s a smoother song, much more simplistic and sounding slightly childish, a complete difference to the harsher tunes in the previous song. Including use of chimes and lyrics such as “I just want to be there for you honey […] take a little time, I don’t care for dancing but the ritual’s intoxicating”, this song somehow doesn’t seem to fit in.
After this slight twist, the album picks up the pace again with a more upbeat and consistent sound which lasts until the end. Despite the lyrics being quite repetitive at times, the band make use of extra elements in their sound to give certain songs a slight edge. In the song ‘Zzyzx’ for example, the use of saxophone and in some places a synth best be described as an ‘alien’ noise (and which is actually used in many other of the band’s works) manages to create a strange fusion between jazz and rock which works quite well. There is also the obligatory ‘slow’ song on the album, ‘The Wild Roar Of Love’, where synthesizers are used as a sort of background noise and there is much less instrumental variation meaning attention goes straight to the actual singing which includes lyrics such as “we must burn to warm our hearts”.
Overall, although this album is a job well done it’s probably not the best that Library Pictures have given us. The similarity of most songs, and lack of variety in the lyrics make the whole album sound slightly repetitive.