Van Damsel | s/t (MIH Entertainment)

“21st century” is the ultimate summer anthem, complete with a memorable hook.

Photo by Jens Kristian Balle
Photo by Jens Kristian Balle

This Canadian indie-power quartet showcases 11 tracks on their self-titled debut LP. The intro starts with a high-pitched speaking voice accompanied by a synth pad. It then crescendos into a perfectly balanced intro track. Right before what seems to be the climax of the tune, the music ends and then moves on to the next track. It makes the listener curious about what more the album has to offer.

The second song, “Domino,” is an instant hit. The band incorporates an ’80s dance feel, which immediately prompts the listener to tap their toe. Rhythmic muted guitar with an electropop feel reminds me of The 1975 and Vampire Weekend. Super catchy melodies “Sophia,” “Domino,” and “Jericho” are perfect summer singles. “21st century” is the ultimate summer anthem, complete with a memorable hook. Strong drums and sax in “People in the City” are followed by a great build in “Post Script.”

The band chose an asymmetrical way close the album with yet another upbeat track, unlike their slow, atmospheric intro. Overall, I really like Van Damsel and their dance tunes; however, I would have a hard time identifying them due to their easily recognizable influences. This is a great LP, but I can’t help but to be curious about what’s next for this band. | Toni Saputo

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