Chicago-based indie electronic pop rockers Like Pioneers released their first album, Piecemeal, in 2010 and now they are back with Oh, Magic, featuring a new lead vocalist, Janie Porche. Sadly, many of the songs sound similar, which hinders their ability to push through the emerging artist envelope.
The album has a dreamy instrumental appeal that has an eclectic aura of sounds. A wide array of guitar hooks, keyboards, and quite often each song can be used as background music. Get ready for takeoff, â€œChampionâ€ starts off slow and picks up momentum, â€œWhy donâ€™t you please please move closer?â€ An overwhelming amount of electronic sounds and the vocalistâ€™s high-pitched voice is cringe worthy.
â€œRequiem For Some Bandâ€ has more potential than the rest of the songs. Singing, â€œIs a lie still a lie if no one hears it?/Ghosts that come to me through the stereo/And thereâ€™s nothing quite like it, the sound of leaving.â€ Please stop, lower the guitar chords, and focus on the music.
A notable song, â€œOn The Morning Of His Farewellâ€ gives off a positive message: â€œYou should feel free to be anything that you like,â€ but itâ€™s wrapped up in too many instrumental noises.
Like Pioneers needs to find their â€œsignatureâ€ sound and stick to their roots. Find a niche and start rerecording quality music. Tokyo Police Club and Real Estate fans will enjoy.