Album Review: Yukon Blonde – On Blonde

The day is finally here, Yukon Blonde’s newest album is currently streaming through my headphones and I can’t seem to get enough of it. It’s been 3 years since the Vancouver foursome dabbled in the fuzzy guitar sounds of the late 70’s and early 80’s on Tiger Talk and I’m guessing from what I’m hearing so far on On Blonde, the guys have been listening to nothing else since. The album is packed with youthful, synth laden tracks that will have you wanting to run to the beach and dip your toes in the sand as the glistening sounds of Yukon Blonde wash over you.

Driving synths kick off opening track “Confused,” before a laid back guitar and Jeff Innes’ chill vocals break in. The album feels very much like the summer after high school ends and before adult life begins. There’s a sense of freedom and nostalgia with one last adventure left before letting go of an important piece of youth.

On Blonde is chock full of dreamy harmonies like those that carry the quintessential summer jam of 2015, “Como,” a song that kicks of the album’s three strongest tracks. “I Wanna Be Your Man” features the fuzziest of synths and pounding bass with just a touch of 60’s rock to that 80’s glam rock vibe the guys have perfected for On Blonde. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite track on the album but “I Wanna Be Your Man” comes pretty close to snagging that title.

The trio of songs finishes with the new wave jam “Saturday Night.” While most of On Blonde feels like it belongs blasting from a stereo on the beach, “Saturday Night” makes its home on the dance floor. Helicopter synths close out the end of the track while the sound becomes more and more foreboding. “Hannah” gives just a taste of retro Yukon Blonde as it’s driven mostly by the classic guitar sound that the foursome are old pros at by now. The track was actually written about the band’s friend and label mate Hannah Georgas who helped Innes through a tough time. The track may have started out as a “silly song” that he demoed for Georgas but eventually turned into a keeper for the album.

On Blonde is definitely a departure for Yukon Blonde but a strong step in a new direction. I’ve listened to the album several times through and just can’t get enough of it. It may have felt like an eternity for this album to make its way into my hands, but it was well worth the wait.

On Blonde is out now via Dine Alone Records. Pick it up on the band’s website, Amazon, or iTunes.