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Album Review: Moss Lime – July First

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By: Michelle Shi

Moss Lime is a local Montreal band composed of Charlotte Bonamour on guitar, Helene Barbier on bass, and Caitlin Pinder-Doede on drums. The three-piece band sings through one shared microphone when they record, contributing to their overall natural and minimalistic vocal sound.  The band was very recently formed on July 1st 2014; hence their first album name entitled “July First.”  Although none of them have ever been in a band before, they were able to write their first 4 songs and record a cover for their first album. “July First” was released on November 4th, 2014 by Fixture Records. The album features four original songs (July First, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Fish n Chips and Sac-a-Douche), and a cover of the popular hit “Calabria.”

The album features quirky lyrics interwoven with the distinct textures of bass, guitar, and drums.  The simple combination of instruments with minimalistic vocals creates a sense of naturalness and simplicity.  Track number 4, “Fish n Chips” is the only song on the album that omits vocals. It provides an experimental and refreshing instrumental interlude to the album.  The track demonstrates the use of dissonance to create heightened emotions and an interesting overall sound.  “Calabria 2014,” their cover song, is exactly what its name implies. It provides a unique new take on an overplayed club song.  Moss Lime uses their grungy post-punk vibes to spruce up an intrinsically club-pop/house song.  If you enjoy girl punk music from the 70s and 80s, you will definitely enjoy Moss Lime’s new album “July First.”  You will appreciate the band’s simplicity and originality that is evident through each of their tracks.  Overall, the album is a 7.5/10.  “July First” was a great first album for Moss Lime and we are all excited to hear what comes next!