Album Review: Lime Cordiale “Permanent Vacation”

On the debut album from the pop rock duo, Oli and Louis Leimbach continue to soak up the sun with their songs fuller, brighter and more expansive than ever before.

While still in high school, brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach were writing, playing and kicking around in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. On their debut album Permanent Vacation, the brothers retain their beachy roots but bounce around to create a slicker, more realised sound.

The duo have teamed up with producer Dave Hammer (Thundamentals, Born Lion, Washington) to craft an album filled with familiar pop hooks, born-ready anthems, and a surprising number of instrumental brass breaks. Permanent Vacation traces the usual relationship excitements, anxieties and jealousies as well as the inherent confusion that comes along with being a 20 (or even 30)-something. From the Dude to Dunham, we’ve always (somewhat irrationally) held a soft spot for the slacker shtick of not having your shit together. Lime Cordiale fully embraces this in the album’s opener “Naturally”, a backburner groove that wonders, “How many times will I hit my snooze again?”  The pair sleeps on in the sunny “What Is Growing Up?” where one brother drawls he’ll “keep laying in the sun and snoozing my alarms”.

The siblings wrote about 50 songs for the album and it shows. There’s a certain meandering frenetic-ness to the 13-track album as a whole with the boys jumping from swelling horns to blown out guitars from one song to the next. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The pair refuses to fit into one distinct sound but rather the album inhabits a diverse sonic space incorporating rock, funk, electronic synths and beachy pop.

Songs like the upbeat “Temper Temper”, the breezy “Other Way Round” and The Strokes lite “Can I Be Your Lover” are drenched in sticky layers of horns, strings and experimentation. The band’s penchant for brass comes to a head in “Reprise” a short and sweet call and answer instrumental track.

Permanent Vacation plays like a day at the beach without sunscreen – sweet and fun in the moment but afterwards you’re left feeling a little crispy.

LIME CORDIALE TOUR

FRI 27 OCT

Amplifier Bar, Perth

SAT 28 OCT

The Odd Fellow, Fremantle

SAT 4 NOV

Adelaide Uni, Adelaide

FRI 10 NOV

Workers Club, Geelong

SAT 11 NOV

Northcote Social Club, Northcote

SUN 12 NOV

Wrangler Studios, Melbourne

THU 16 NOV

Beach Hotel, Byron Bay

FRI 17 NOV

The Brightside, Brisbane

SAT 18 NOV

The Brightside, Brisbane

SAT 18 NOV

Sol Bar, Maroochydore

THU 23 NOV

Rad Bar & Café, Wollongong

FRI 24 NOV

Transit Bar, Canberra

SAT 25 NOV

The Metro, Sydney

FRI 1 DEC

Republic Bar, Hobart

SAT 2 DEC

Club 54, Launceston

FRI 8 DEC

Dalrymple Hotel, Garbutt

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