By Erin Shay
Canadian rock duo PS I Love You have a clamor that’s a force-to-be-reckoned-with. The Kingston based twosome, also known as Benjamin Nelson and Paul Saulnier, released their latest album Death Dreams earlier this month and it is resoundingly excellent. PS I Love You know how to get rowdy with a proper 90’s indie style. Death Dreams is an album that strikes the balance between brooding sentimentality and soulful uproar while its experimental color-outside-the-lines energetic makes it one of the top indie rock albums thus far in 2012.
Death Dreams is inspired by Paul Saulnier’s vivid dreams while on tour during the band’s first album Meet Me at The Muster Station, and is a remarkably spirited exploration into the duality of existence and hidden beauty of discord. Paul’s ferocious lead vocals, full-on extended guitar solos and gratuitous distortion bring bleed-out a certain vulnerability that you might expect from a guy with big dreams. PS I Love You artfully illustrates that life-imitates-art as much as art-imitates-life with an intense yet playful irony that is definitely worth reflecting on.
While “Don’t Go”, “How Do You”, and “First Contact” stand out for their booming and unrefined execution, the tracks “Sentimental Dishes” and “Princess Towers” are exceedingly bright and catchy and are just resonant enough to steal the show.PS I Love You – Princess Towers
Reviewed by b3