Yukon Blonde – On Blonde

Wednesday 03rd, June 2015 / 17:59
By Aja Cadman

yukonblondeDine Alone Records

Yukon Blonde’s latest album On Blonde feels like a sleeves rolled up, knuckles down version of past work that’s far greater than the sum of its parts. The fusion of dreamy synths, fast beats and striking guitar make for an infectiously danceable indie-rock-pop delight. The album opens with “Confused,” an enthusiastic sing-a-long reminiscent of A Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran” with the fast-paced opening beat.

While Yukon Blonde’s previous works are full of ‘70s psychedelic vibes – among them 2012’s Tiger Talk and the self-titled 2010 EP – On Blonde offers up some retro ‘80s feels. A roller rink complete with big hair and disco balls would be the perfect setting to get down to this album. Tracks like “Como” and “Saturday Night” are brimmed with inviting melodies and open-armed harmonizing that are impossible to sit still too. The combination of dynamic riffs, absorbing lyrics and intense vocals are powerful: everything Yukon Blonde has always done well, but this time around it’s simply better. Kudos to this British Columbian band: you’re aging damn well.