Tarnation, another missed from 2009. I tuned into the excellent French-Canadian fellas in Malajube again today, courtesy of the trusty old iPod shuffle facility. From 16,000 odd tracks, it plucked the relentlessly upbeat Montréal -40 °C out of the digital ether at just the moment a pick me up was required.
Malajube || Montréal -40°.
Despite seeing the band earlier last year, it seems I completely neglected the release of their newest effort Labyrinthes. This song hails from their 2006 release Trompe L'Oeil, a gratifyingly eccentric set of songs with a joie de vivre communicated entirely in Malajube's native tongue. The newie is reputedly more adventurous in a progressive sense, which would fit with the live experience I witnessed when walls of noise just about pipped pop hooks to the attending ears.
Whatever they've gone and done, this is one of those that crops up again in January and simply must be heard on the strength of previous material. And right as the releases for this year really start to rear their heads for attention.......it's going to be a busy few weeks.