The third disc from Toronto dream-pop friends Ohbijou is a beautiful little treat. Opener Niagara (about a trip to Niagara Falls) sets the tone with big guitars, lush strings and 30-year-old Casey Mecija’s sweet-as-Keri-Latimer vocals. Throughout the 11 tracks, the seven-piece act delivers sombre pop tunes (Echo Bay, Obsidian), strange musings (Iron and Ore) and slightly creepy dirges (Scalpel Blade). Ohbijou’s sound is well defined, and though the slight diversity of the disc is appreciated, any song could represent the band completely on its own. With ultra-crisp, layered production and poetic lyrics that harmonize quite well, Ohbijou’s latest is shiny indie pop that you can get behind.

Published in Volume 66, Number 12 of The Uniter (November 17, 2011)

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