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- Posted on Dec 14th 2009 4:30PM by Tabassum Siddiqui
Canucks do collectives best. Now Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and New Pornographers are joined by Toronto electro-popsters Everything All the Time.
The band's six members have deep roots in the indie scene, playing with the likes of Feist, Sarah Harmer, Jason Collett and Esthero, among other notable acts.
Fronted by vivacious vocalist Alanna Stuart -- who also gets her soul-diva groove on in equally buzzed-about duo Bonjay -- Everything All the Time do the genre-blurring thing better than most, blending pop, R&B, dance, and electro into an upbeat, synth-heavy style that sounds as engaging on their recently released self-titled EP as it does in their effervescent live shows.
While most of the five tracks on the EP channel a funkier, almost retro vibe, 'Lazy Days' stands out for its softer approach, kicking off with a wash of dreamy synths before Stuart's sweet vocal kicks in, riding a gentle but immediately memorable melody anchored by charming blips of glockenspiel in just the right spots. But instead of heading in a gauzy, ephemeral direction, the song takes a welcome sharp turn with giddy hand-clap percussion and spot-on group harmonies on the irresistible "Sometimes, I don't know what it is that keeps me going" chorus.
'Lazy Days' is the kind of seemingly effortless earworm that prompts involuntary grins and spontaneous singalongs -- it's got a universal sort of appeal that would be right at home in an iPod ad.
While they're not reinventing the wheel -- their sound is essentially a smart cornucopia of everything that's popular in the current indie zeitgeist right now -- Everything All the Time still somehow manage to set themselves apart from the glut of indie bands with similar influences (Metric synths, Vampire Weekend Afrobeat rhythms, Go!Team exuberance) by re-arranging old tropes in a way that coalesces into a sound that's uniquely their own. Not only that, but they sound like they're having a whole lot of fun doing it.