Release Date: Feb 5, 2016
Record label: N/A
If you need an album to take you somewhere, Night Driver can transport you.Toronto's Laser is fronted by former Broken Social Scene vocalist Lisa Lobsinger, and is joined by Paul Pfisterer of the Beauties and Martin Davis Kinack of Transistor Sound and Lighting Co. The name of the band's debut album was inspired by the long late-night drives from Lobsinger and Pfisterer's city home to Kinack's studio in the forest. The overall album has a pensive tone, with songs like "Bleed You" and single "Disconnect.""Leaving It Too Late," the first song the trio released, encapsulates the album's sound; Lobsinger's dreamy and ethereal vocals, mixed with the dance-y drums and smooth synths, make this album a great musical companion for a drive.
The latest branch at least somewhat rooted in the Broken Social Scene tree comes via vocalist Lisa Lobsinger's new project, Laser. The trio, which also features Paul Pfisterer and Martin Davis Kinack, surrounds Lobsinger's exquisite vocal with instrumentation both synthetic and real. The end result is satisfactory synth pop, even if one too many of Night Driver's seven songs feel dispirited.
A new project from former Broken Social Scene member Lisa Lobsinger, Laser delivers lots of dance-oriented tunes awash in layers of watery electronic vibes that take us back to 1983 or 1985 with their dreamy, synthy sound. Lobsinger is, of course, a very able vocalist who can wow even when she’s underplaying the emotions of a particular song or singing materials that’s not quite equal to her talents. Unfortunately, that’s a high percentage of this record.
Broken Social Scene alumna Lisa Lobsinger is back with electropop band Laser. She’s joined by Paul Pfisterer (the Beauties) and Martin Kinack (Transistor Sound & Lighting Co.) on this slick debut album, an ode to 80s synths and drum machines that’s paired with Lobsinger’s dreamy lead vocals and warm guitar tones. For the most part, this balance of cool electronics and lush instrumentation stops Night Driver from veering too far into the past.