Album Review: Young Liars’s Homesick Future EP

One day while searching for strummy, nouveau eighties alt-rock to shake my booty to, I came across Homesick Future EP.

Complete with an array of synthetic sounds and a saucy high hat,  Vancouver’s Young Liars sound like a mix between early 00’s indie rock, and newer, bouncier electronic-rock like Two Door Cinema Club. I find that this genre of music is best suited for cardiovascular workouts at the gym. Nothing incredibly inspiring, but still efficient at motivating my body to move.

Homesick Future, released in February 2012, features seven up-tempo tracks that blend seamlessly into one another. When done right, this kind of songwriting can leave an album feeling fully fleshed out and complete. When done poorly, it leaves the listener wondering what track they’re on, because all of the songs begin to sound the same.

Although the band should be given props for crafting a sound that works for them, nonetheless, the album leaves something wanting. Perhaps they could benefit from a diversification of their instrument base, or a sharp and commanding new mastering technique.

It’s hard for me to pick favourites on this album, because I use it as musical filler, but the second track Colours was the one that prompted me to listen to the album in its entirety. Colours begins with sharp electronic arpeggios that devolve into echoing synth chords and pulsing rhythms. It’s the kind of song that would do well as an RAC remix. Unfortunately, the rest of the album didn’t quite meet my expectations. At least I know what I’ll be playing at the gym tomorrow.

Rating: 6/10

RIYL: The Killers, Franz Ferdinand

The album doesn’t seem to want to embed below, but you can stream it here.

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