Published Sep 18, 2015The latest EP from Montreal's Look Vibrant sounds like love songs written by teenage robots in the future, with the energy knob turned to 11. It's fun, poppy, weird and spooky all at the same time.
The falsetto vocals are sometimes doubled or tripled with harmonies, creating a sound that is both very human and almost inhuman at the same time. Though digital sounds are at the foreground of the record, Look Vibrant doesn't skimp on the rad guitar, specifically on the space-ballad "Born Smart," which features a disjointed, fuzzed-out guitar peppering the electronic space. The song also features those beautiful and haunting group vocals throughout the chorus.
The final track of the EP, "Berry Juice," is a departure from the rest of the album, leaning more to the twee-folk vibes of the early 2000s. Where the song flourishes, particularly, is in its weird and funny lyrics, with the opening volley, "Why does my ego look exactly like my ex-girlfriend?"
Only Qualms showcases a lot of range and talent from Look Vibrant, but more importantly, it sounds like they had a ton of fun in the process. (Independent)