Library Voices is a ten piece pop collective formed in 2008 from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Blending tremolo soaked guitars with analog synths, vintage organs, circuit bent electronics, accordion, saxophone, and glockenspiel, their songs play out like an AM radio jingle; mixing the best of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and today.
Since forming in spring of 2008, the group has operated at a feverish pace, recording a 3 song demo, recording and releasing a 6 song ep, and are currently in the studio recording a full length follow up. They have participated in several high profile festivals and showcases including Sled Island (Mogwai, Of Montreal, Okkervil River), Regina Folk Festival (Broken Social Scene, The Weakerthans, Final Fantasy), Gateway Festival (Greg Keelor), and Ness Creek Festival. The band has also shared the stage with the likes of Stars and Plants & Animals. In addition, the band shot a television commercial for their single Step Of The Map & Float to promote the Regina Folk Festival (video available at www.reginafolkfestival.com), and has been featured on CBC Radio 1 and Radio 3.
Library Voices debut EP, Hunting Ghosts & Other Collected Shorts, offers a clear and concise introduction to the collective. The group's song writing objectives are evident, bridging sophisticated pop hooks and melodies with complex harmonies and anthemic sing along choruses. Lyrically the album strays from bubblegum, addressing late night escapades, panic attacks, and the construct of home. The record is also laced with pop culture references, including nods to Tom Waits and Evan Dando, as well as contemporary literature notables Paulo Coehlo, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, Nick Flynn, and the late great Kurt Vonnegut. Hunting Ghosts & Other Collected Shorts was produced by Library Voices and Orion Paradis at SoulSoundStudios in Regina. The studio was constructed in a century-old structure that once a Jewish funeral home. The control booth had served as the room where bodies were prepared. An inscription still rests above the entrance that translates to “house of truth and loving kindness.”
Hunting Ghosts (& Other Collected Shorts) is available in stores and online September 16, 2008 on Young Soul Records.
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