ARTIST : LibraLibra

ALBUM : Hail Mary 

RATING : 8/10

WORDS : Gugulethu Khumalo

The album is mixture of gritty hardcore riot girrl power and a smattering of lolita like joyous bubblegum pop. For an EP this band covers a lot of ground in the variety of sounds and influences presented in just six short tracks.

The Brighton-based band has redefined the constantly changing sound that can only be defined as an outwardly loud electro pop punk melded with an unforgettable Classic DIY garage band sounds. LibraLibra’s unapologetically fierce femme energy as a female fronted band with its members constantly pushing the envelope around traditional gendered tropes.

ntro track aptly titled Hail Mary pt 1 often very good at filling in and occupying a whole of space sticking to the church motif

The first track is an intro track aptly titled Hail Mary pt 1 often very good at filling in and occupying a whole of space sticking to the church motif, with the use of a choir and a synth setting the tone for the rest of the EP as well introducing the next track.The track Lonely Girl is mixture of bubble gum pop and gasoline fuelled rock- complete with a catchy riff and hook complete with synths and a strong chorus. 

The fourth track juicy lucy, which is also the lead single is reminiscent of the riot grrl  sound and aesthetic of the 90s and early 2000s. This song really allows the vocals and lead guitar to shine Complete with raw and intense vocals complete with heavy garage like guitar riffs, similar to the likes of  The Petrol Girls.

 The third track aptly titled Rock Band  really touches on the garageband and DIY aesthetic people have come out of touch with in an increasingly digital age. This track ties the whole album together in terms of its diversity of sound The fifth track Hail Mary pt2  continues the whole religious motif.

Mixing and melding different sounds and aesthetics in only six tracks while demonstrating a clear vocal and stylistic range from the band

 The last track listerine acts as the perfect way to usher in the end of the album, and acts as a reflective end of the journey, also shown through the vulnerability in the lead singer’s vocal range as the album fades out. 

 In under 20 minutes this EP will take you on a rollercoaster ride of sorts living up to the true idealisation of what an album should do: give the full scope of the band. Mixing and melding different sounds and aesthetics in only six tracks while demonstrating a clear vocal and stylistic range from the band.

Hail Mary is out now

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