Published Jul 05, 2018In the realm of art-pop, there is a hidden gem known as Goosebump. The Toronto-based band, formerly known as Germaphobes, return with a new album Goosebump by Goosebump. The addition of new members on violin and saxophone, combined with harmony-stacked beats, show off Goosebumps' retro style.
"Dream of Pines" starts the album off strong, a gleaming track with zippy guitar riffs; its mellow beat leaves a lasting impression. More buoyant and reminiscent of post-punk revival, "Several Days Awake" is a memorable tune. In the first half of the three-minute-long track it's all cutting riffs and sonic power, a progressive buildup with hypnotic drumming up until the end makes this one of the unique songs on the record.
The only downside to Goosebump by Goosebump is the strident vocals on most tracks. "Piano Room" is a '70s rock ballad, but the vocals can push this song into displeasing territory. Regardless of sluggish vocals, the intoxicating and playful instrumental elements of the album contrive an ebullient and dynamic sound that is sure to make a mark in the genre of synth-pop. (Pleasence)