LIBRARY VOICES Hunting Ghosts (& Other Collected Shorts) (Young Soul) Rating: NNNN
Everyone knows that "library voices" is teacher-code for "keep it down," but the name belies this Regina 10-piece's emotional, exuberant pop.
Opener Step Off The Map & Float is the EP's clear standout, one of the year's catchiest and cutest indie rock singles. You'll find yourself humming it at odd moments and playing it on repeat.
The other five tracks are strong, too, drawing on pop punk, indie rock, folk, new wave and jazz to create a playful, accessible mix accented with appropriately literary references to Kafka, Vonnegut and Kundera. Anyone missing locals Spitfires & Mayflowers or Guelph's Spy Machine 16 should try out this collective.
Top track: Step Off The Map & Float
Library Voices play the Horseshoe on Tuesday (July 28).[rssbreak]