-By Benjamin Smith
Lime Cordiale’s name conjures up images of summer. Just hearing it makes you feel thirsty for a cold drink to sip in the baking heat. Perhaps then, it’s no coincidence that the breezy brand of indie pop rock Lime Cordiale’s sounds like it was custom built to be enjoyed in the hottest part of the year. Oli and Louis Leimbach’s third EP, Road to Paradise, is laden with big songs, relaxing verses and juicy hooks, making the listener feel like they’re on a cruise in the Caribbean.
Road to Paradise, released in late 2015, is the sound of a band ready to take the next step and become a permanent fixture on the airwaves. This release is bursting at the seams with chilled verses and grandiose choruses. The music may seem relaxed at times, but Road to Paradise packs a punch. At its best, it brings to memory current Australian indie darlings Ball Park Music and Sticky Fingers.
Opening song Spider Legs sets the tone for the record, with lazy trumpets pushing the song along. Laid back, yet still buzzing with enough energy to keep the listener hooked, the chorus smashes eardrums with a wave of sound. It’s the perfect soundtrack to a Friday evening in summer, constructed to be enjoyed by the pool, with a chilled alcohol beverage of your choice (or even a lime cordial) in your hand.
Hanging Upside Down is perfect fodder for Triple J, with a shiny, passionate chorus. Upbeat and poppy, it is the biggest chorus on the album, with a stop-start chorus reminiscent of Kasabian’s Re-Wired. Other Ties, meanwhile, showcases similarities with The Rubens, with a shimmering piano and driving bass before bursting to life with a striking and enthusiastic chorus. Throughout, the Leimbach’s vocals shine without ever dominating, their high-pitched croon sliding seamlessly into their work. It’s a recurring theme throughout, the brothers complimenting the verses perfectly before exploding wholeheartedly into the choruses.
Lead single Not That Easy does everything a lead single should do and is another opportunity for the duo to show off their talent for writing catchy hooks. Featuring some great piano work, a hypnotic rhythm section and a beguiling chorus perfect for the promo of whatever new reality TV show Channel Ten are attempting to flog to the masses, it shows the Leimbach brothers have the tools to potentially explode over the next year.
At the other end of the spectrum, Good From Afar dials down the tempo with the help of some smooth bass guitar, whilst the trumpets which litter the chorus breathe some verve into the song. The horn section is great throughout this record, further evidenced on closing track Feel Alright. It’s yet another slab of indie pop perfection, trumpets and keyboards abounding to create a tasty chorus which the masses should eat up.
There is nothing incredibly innovative or ground-breaking about Road to Paradise, but its cascading mix of indie rock and pop is executed to a wonderful standard. There’s not a bad song on the EP and Oli and Louis have shown they’re more than ready to take the next step and become a permanent fixture in the upper-echelons of the Australian indie scene. Whilst they may have supported the likes of Ball Park Music and The Delta Riggs before, now is the time for them to start headlining their own national tours.