Saturday, September 24th, 2011
CONTEST – Ohbijou / Metal Meets
Reynard LiOhbijou, the orchestrally-inclined sextet who’ve been and been at the heart of the Toronto independent music scene for the past half-decade, are readying the release of their long-player Metal Meets. It’s a further refinement rather than reinvention of the elegant pop they’ve been crafting since day one. The band decided to use outside producer Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes rather than their own on-staff studio wizard James Bunton this time out, and the final product sounds bigger than past efforts, but not grandiosely so and as much attributable to the band’s own natural growth than whomever was manning the boards in the studio. The core of the band’s strengths, however, remain unchanged: their melodicism, musicianship, and Casey Mecija’s sweet croon and sentiments suffused with warmth, beauty and a sense of place are as strong as ever. Metal Meets it feels firmly rooted in place while stretching its arms further outwards than ever before.
The record is officially out next Tuesday and courtesy of the band, I have a special prize pack to give away consisting of a copy of Metal Meets on both CD and vinyl – sometimes you feel a little digital, sometimes a little analog – a t-shirt and a test pressing of the album, signed by the band. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to meet Ohbijou’s metal” in the subject line and your full name, mailing address and t-shirt gender and size in the body. Contest is open to residents of Canada and will close at midnight, October 2.