Reviews Music Mother Mother — Eureka

Mother Mother — Eureka

Mother Mother - Eureka
Mother MotherEureka
Release Date: March 15, 2011
Last Gang Records; 12 Tracks; CD

 

Review by: Katie Christensen

Eureka: An interjection used to celebrate a discovery.

Mother Mother has come quite far from their early days as a bare bones acoustic-folk trio from Vancouver. Their 2005 debut album Touch Up put their quirky songwriting and snappy pop sound on the musical map. Their second album O My Heart challenged the sophomore slump, as it received rave reviews with its focused sound and effort. Years of touring combined with catchy singles such as "Body", "Hayloft", and "O My Heart", has resulted in a quickly expanding fan base.

Fans couldn't be more ready as Mother Mother's third full-length release Eureka hits the shelves. The band gave old and new fans a preview of their tunes in Toronto during CMW at the Phoenix and the response has been positive thus far.

The songs on Eureka vary greatly from softer ballads like "Simply Simple" to candied power-pop numbers like "Far in Time", yet it all comes together seamlessly while maintaining each song's individuality. The album kicks off with "Chasing it Down", an up-tempo avante pop number that is easily one of the strongest tracks on the album. Right from the start, we can sense strengthened songwriting, tighter instrumentals, and the band's overall maturation. The track features some sexy organ solos and dynamic harmonies between Ryan Guldemond (vocals, guitar), Molly Guldemond (keyboard, vocals) and Jasmine Parkin’s (keyboard, vocals). Their sound is reminiscent of the B-52s, as they belt out sexually charged lyrics at high registers and create an uplifting and unique sound.

Their first single "The Stand" may easily one of the most (over)played songs on the radio, but it is not my personal favourite; the background noises are sometimes too distracting. However, whether or not you connect with that single, listen to the whole album — it will blow you away.

If you have ever dated a bore, you will relate to one of the most addictive songs on the album, "My Baby Don't Dance". I remembered this track from when they played at The Mod Club in October to raise money for homeless teens, and since then I've been looking forward to owning it because it's just so fun! It's ironic that a song about a frigid woman not busting a move is so dance-inducing. "Born in a Flash" showcases a darker side of the band. The piano melody seems modeled after a funeral march and the lugubrious ooo's and ahh's are haunting, sending shivers down my spine. The track even has children laughing at one point (cue opening sequence of Are You Afraid of the Dark? flashbacks). The final track "Calm Me Down" showcases the singing of this vocal triumvirate with the same level of intensity and charisma exhibited on the first two albums.

Mother Mother has been accused of overstepping their eccentric bounds and producing gimmicky, egregious songs. They may commit that crime a few times on Eureka, but the album on the whole is rich with hooks, clever arrangements and creative lyrics. The strength of the album is its ability to move from start to finish with a sense of cohesion and sonic depth. With any luck, it will be the album of the summer.