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Indie-Rock Meets French Pop

Montréal - 40°C (Rhume de Sinus)

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Named after an amphibian disease, Malajube remains a well-kept secret in most circles. hide caption

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  • Song: "Montreal -40C"
  • Artist: Malajube
  • CD: Trompe l'Oeil
  • Genre: Power Pop

Indie-rock meets French pop to sublime effect on Trompe l'Oeil, the debut album by Quebecois francophone band Malajube. Named after an amphibian disease, Malajube rejects indie-rock tropes, and despite hailing from the same city (Montreal) that spawned popular powerhouses such as The Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene, the band remains little-known in most circles.

Malajube's quirky power-pop sound should seem familiar to fans of The Flaming Lips or the Super Furry Animals, with a touch of The Beatles at times. On "Montreal -40C," Malajube constructs a warm mixture of "ba ba ba"s, lighthearted synths and infectious melodies. The band may craft a disparate blend of rock influences, but in the end, it ends up making lovely, hummable guitar-pop with an air of mystery and romance.

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