I first heard Louise Burns last night at about one in the morning and I thought to myself, “Can I even still call myself a music fan having slept on this record?” Very rarely does an album grow on me this fast. Young Mopes presents us with nine tracks of heartfelt, beautiful sounds steeped in nostalgia. Simply put I am over the moon about this find. Think Fleetwood Mac meets The Cure, with her unique personal stamp.
The Vancouver native is no stranger to the music scene. She’s found levels of success in two bands and most recently as a “Lone Wolf Rock(er)”. Young Mopes is the latest of three releases on her own, and earlier this week became her second to be long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize. The album features synths, loud fuzzy guitars, a western twang and even some eastern strings in a sitar. It’s a modern take on a post-80’s sound. Rooted in 80’s pop Louise puts her own dark twist on a sound pioneered by bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode, and The Smiths.