New Music Review: Young Liars – Homesick Future [EP]
The band that may get mistaken once or twice in their sure-to-be-promising future for a TV On the Radio cover band [due to name, not sound] has finally put the finishing touches on their brand new EP.
That band is Young Liars—a Vancouver-based 5-piece—who’ve hooked up with Nettwerk Music Group to bring you an electro-pop, new wave feast for your ears in 7-song dream weave space jam. That dream weave space jam goes by the name of Homesick Future and is available to the public as of February 21st, 2012.
Fronted by singer/guitarist Jordan Raine, the band unveils their debut EP with the synth-heavy Echoists. Raine’s vocals blaze the trail of what to expect from these talented young lads—er, liars. Raine pleads, “Take me in your arms tonight, and I’ll be there” in a fashion reminiscent of Brandon Flowers, accompanied by Two Door Cinema-esque rhythms.
This vibe carries through the rest of Homesick Future and perhaps is best exemplified in the lead-off single, Colours. The aforementioned single is arguably the most addictive song on the album, featuring catchy guitar hooks, a bouncing bass line and the ever-present, effervescent synth lines. Other tunes, such as Marathon and title track, Homesick Future feature similar trademarks put to different melodies and varied spaced out sounds and effects.
The anthemic Newton, Forgive Me is the longest song on the album, and presents the most singable chorus on the EP, as Raine sings “Let them go all the way, to thin air” riddled with backing vocals shouting “Hey!” A repeated group chant of a “whoa ooh” brings the tune to its resolve.
Navigator Island slows things down a little bit and features a clean piano tone accompanied by Raine’s vocals, showing off his range a little more than other tunes. Of course, the signature Young Liars template of atmospheric ambient tones and sounds play over the dance-worthy beat, but this progression has a ballad-type feel. At least more than any other track on the EP.
The album closes off with a 55 second “instrumental” of sounds and other aural stimulants, as an exitlude of sorts, titled Great Green Light.
My overall opinion of Homesick Future is a positive one. I admire the creativity, originality, and the quality of both song-craft and production put into this 7-track space jam.
Young Liars‘ debut is the soundtrack to a Saturday night at 2:00am when you aren’t ready to hit the sack for a few more hours. It’s the soundtrack to an early morning jog when all that surrounds you is daybreak and the morning fog’s ominous taunt. It’s an album for 2012 and 1984 alike.
It’s an album worth checking out.