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Boomkat Product Review:
With the imminent return of the turquoise coated Boards of Canada there seems to have been a discernable flurry of activity from actual factual Canadian electronica types in the past few months. The most recent addition to this list is the Sixtoo-mastered second album 'Alone, Not Alone' from Montag (aka Antoine Bédard), whose charmingly wonky and clotted electronica takes on a distinctly more focused edge to his previous releases. Conjuring up an astonishingly expansive sound, 'Alone, Not Alone' is grand instrument inflected electronica in the mould of Minotaur Shock or Hermann and Kleine. Kicking off with 'Le Temps D'Observer Les Voies Ouvertes' (my GCSE French fails me I'm afraid...) Bédard lights some slow-release instrumentation that creeps into the consciousness before adorning it with shavings of whimsy that compliment the blanket of sound perfectly. This is followed by 'Grand Luxe' which sees Bédard accompanied by Ariel Engle on a miasmic duet that starts off like Mum before waltzing effortlessly into a primary colour heat-haze; bits twinkle, things fizz and clicks&cuts bubble teasingly to the surface throughout. Elsewhere 'Temps Partiel' gets up to some mix n match squeaking, Stars and Broken Social Scene's Amy Millan lends her beatific vocals to the electro jabbed 'Angles Country and Terrain Conne' whilst Broadcast's James Cargill assumes bass wielding duties on 'Figures of a New Colot'. Peaking on the diced and spliced vocal bluster of 'Les Choses Se Planet', Bédard conjures up a frosted snowfall of shimmering strings that will leave you staring skywards. The aural equivalent of a much needed sigh.