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Back with a Vengeance (and gorgeous noise)

Library Voices thumb.jpgSoundxchange (and host Kelley Jo Burke) come roaring back to the Saskatchewan airways with the so so cool and exciting sound of Library Voices, and a story of passion most true and peculiar from Saskatoon Library's new writer in residence, Alice Kuipers.

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From their myspace page:

Library Voices is a eight piece pop collective from Regina, Saskatchewan. Blending tremolo soaked guitars with analog synths, vintage organs, circuit bent electronics, accordion, saxophone, strings, theremin, Tenori-on, and glockenspiel, their songs play out like an AM radio jingle; mixing the best of the 60's, 70's, 80's, and today.

How many pop bands can boast inspiration from sources as eclectic as Tom Waits, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera and Kurt Vonnegut? The musicians in this collective are a literary bunch, and their music makes this instantly clear. This doesn't mean it isn't full of great pop hooks, though. You'll be singing along almost instantly to their catchy and clever tunes that are full of great harmonies and rich synthesized sounds.

The band formed in 2008 and they've been going full steam ahead since then. SPIN describes them as an "undiscovered band you NEED to hear now, leaning on well-edited art school essentials, from restrained flourishes of unadorned guitars to playful keyboards and cutesy boy-girl vocals." They have also been featured in The New Yorker and won a CBC Radio 3 "Bucky" Award and have been mugged twice, flooded once, and had their van robbed once.

Library Voices debut EP. Hunting Ghosts & Other Collected Shorts, offers a clear and concise introduction to the collective. Hunting Ghosts & Other Collected Shorts was produced by Library Voices and Orion Paradis at SoulSoundStudios in Regina. The studio was constructed in a century old structure that once a Jewish funeral home. The control both had served as the room where bodies were prepared. An inscription still rests above the entrance that translates to "house of truth and loving kindness."

Library Voices - Selected Press Quotes

"Library Voices give pop a good name! Mixing classic influences (The Kinks, The Zombies) with a more contemporary indie-pop collective aesthetic they have managed to craft a handful of timeless tunes that couldn't exist anytime but right now. While unexpected mid-song disintegrations and perfectly imperfect gang vocals add a nice seasoning to their mix, it's their ability to never lose sight of the song that makes this so vital." Sled Island Festival 08 (Calgary)

"Library Voices--ten members strong--may well appeal to indie music fans with a taste for the lighthearted, and, of course, hip bookworms who can appreciate the group's eclectic assortment of literary shout-outs." The New Yorker

"...this EP's multi-decade mash-up of pop styles feels warm, inviting and unrehearsed. While exuberant bounciness appears to be the ticket for the majority of the EP, the winner may be the most subdued track. The utterly charming "Hunting Ghosts" glides effortlessly on Brian Wilson-esque harmonies, a hushed female vocal and a skittery beat, and is in turns wistful, contemplative and comfortingly cryptic." Exclaim

"Their sound bridges your parents The Kinks & Roy Orbison albums with your big sisters Fleetwood Mac & Talking Heads cassettes and your weird older cousins Violent Femmes & Magnetic Fields CDs." Regina Folk Festival 08

"I found myself listening to (Step Off The Map & Float) over and over." Brookyln Vegan

"The results of these studies (in pop music) are well worth the effort. Hunting Ghosts succeeds in being addictive and continuously compelling." Prairie Dog - Cover Story (Regina)


Alice Kuipers is the 2010/11 Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Library.

On her web site, Alice writes of her new book "The Worst Thing She Ever Did" (known as "Lost for Words" in the US)

"Writing The Worst Thing She Ever Did was a long and difficult process. The topic (note: the book is about a teen recovering from a traumatic loss) was challenging and I didn't know quite how to go about getting the story on the page. I wrestled with it and edited it, rewrote it and started again. Finally, the idea began to be the novel as it reads now and I'm so glad I worked so hard on it because I feel that I've told the story I wanted to tell. Although it wasn't easy, it taught me lots about writing and about rewriting. Rewriting this book, I learned more about writing than I had done in years. Sometimes, you have to look over things to see how to move forward. The idea for the book came to me one day driving the car in Saskatoon. I knew the character and the title. I knew what she had suffered. I knew how it would end. But it took many months of research and rewording before I felt happy with this book. Worth every minute though. As for the title, well, it changed dramatically from the original idea - the book has two titles now!


Worst.jpgfind out about the book here.