Don't want to dance? Aren't willing to be confused by unanticipated chord changes? Don't feel like discovering something utterly awesome? That's a shame. Avoid Mother Mother like the plague.

Vancouver is situated in western Canada, one of the country's cultural centres, and Mother Mother are a living, breathing example of how amazing Canadian music can be. Their vibrancy and energy would suggest they were a new band, bursting onto the scene with high hopes, despite the quintet being three albums into their career. It seems they are blessed with some kind of supernatural rock-pop spirit, and seriously, new release Eureka is a beast of an album.

The album starts with 'Chasing It Down', a confusing and startling mash-up of instruments, synths, chord changes, harmonies and lyrics both tender and aggressive, archetypal Mother Mother from the word go. You could spend hours comparing the band to Of Montreal, Franz Ferdinand, 20th century psychedelia and classic rock, trance and dance rock - but you'd be missing the point. Mother Mother combine genres expertly, a diverse mix of sounds which never turns into a clinical, self-indulgent attempt at fusion. The result is original enough to be above any accusations of plagiarism.

Track two, 'The Stand', showcases lyrics that are disarmingly nihilistic; they begin as an amusing confessional antiphony between the female and male singers, but by the chorus start hating on humanity. This culminates in the line, "everyone's fucked and they don't even know", sung in such upbeat tones that anyone who didn't speak English would think it was about dancefloors or summer or something. In fact, these juxtapositions of lyrics and musical mood happen throughout the album - it's a definite highlight, meaning the album can stand repeated listens. For example, when you truly hear "All my life, I hurt myself, I cut myself, put myself through living Hell, all so I could feel what I felt when you took me in", it hits you pretty hard, and it's a shock when pitted against the bouncing rhythms of 'Calm Me Down'.

Whilst Mother Mother do party beats and lo-fi prog rock outstandingly, their more sombre musical moments, such as the sinister verses in 'Born in a Flash' are equally well done. The song's grandeur and percussive power is broken up by gentler choruses, unexpected and a tiny bit of a let down, but still well executed. As well as carrying off dark and bright moods, their songs are catchier than anything else I've heard of this calibre: they sacrifice very little musical aptitude and inventiveness to find hooklines. In fact, although their musical talent doesn't hit you in the face in any extended lightning-paced solos, it surprises you in little bursts - a general mood of pleasant surprise is one that I'm sure Mother Mother listeners are used to.

Perhaps it could be said that you have to be in the mood for Eureka. If you're feeling down, the fun, upbeat vocal patterns and cries of "Dayum!" in 'Baby Don't Dance' and the Gameboy-esque background noises in 'The Stand' might be annoying. But from any other base mood, it's very difficult not to be sucked into Mother Mother's colourful world.

On Mother Mother's last.fm page, there has been a rash of exalting comments recently, more than I have ever seen in a last.fm shoutbox, and the best of them describe perfectly the effect Eureka should have on an unsuspecting listener.

"Eureka is the best album I've heard this year. Every song has been stuck in my head at one point or another."

"With all the bands in the world, the odds say there should be at least one band this awesome... I'm humbled to have stumbled upon it. Dear Mother Mother, thanks for existing."

And neatly summarised, "Eureka is fucking awesome."

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