By Nikki Celis
Ten years after their dissolution, Vancouverites Limblifter readily maintain what stylistically shoved them into the limelight. Their sound remains as eclectic, driven, and highly energetic as ever on Pacific Milk, a needed right-in-your-face output given the disparity of time it took since their previous effort, I/O (2005).
In strong juxtaposition with their post-punk, alternative-rock contemporaries that dominated the scene years ago, the changes are minimal though that’s not to say that Limblifter’s Pacific Milk isn’t refined.
Front man Ryan Dahle had kept himself busy during the break. Alongside Hot Hot Heat’s Steve Bays and singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman he formed the super-group the Mounties and released his 2009 self-titled effort.
Having that experience, as well as having the time to collaborate with a multitude of artists, has truly paid off as the culmination of Dahle’s efforts shines with Pacific Milk. Album opener “Cast a Net” is heavy, intense and alluring, though succinct, which proves to be markedly effective as it brings the listener in, urging them to yearn for more of what’s to come.
Each song is varied and though the tempo is still quite fast-paced, each song is distinct in its own right. The songs are evenly arranged, allowing the listener to breathe and enjoy album without any track becoming overly redundant.
“Under The Riot” is, like its name, vocally disparaging, directly in contrast with the song’s smooth instrumentation while “Moods of Mechanics” is bass heavy, jangly and notably catchy.
What is enjoyable is the usage of contrast between the vocals and the instrumentation, something that Limblifter has utilized quite effectively, such as the track “Been There Done That” where the band croons in unison over the pronounced instrumentation accompanied with it.
Usually, when an artist attempts to maintain the core of their sound with no truly discernable difference between each release — a la Mumford & Sons — the general outcome is quite stale. For Limblifter, that’s not the case. What could have been seen as a stagnant effort has actually become a nostalgic dream, a re-imagination of what Limblifter could have been before and now is.Limblifter, Pacific Milk