Mon Electric Bijou leaves no stone unturned, in the creative and recording process of their 8th release, Trouble Royale. True to their logical manoeuvres, the band has upped their game and ready to roll down their craft skills to unknown fuzzed avenues.
The record carries some sincere music chemistry between the three lads while the lyrics alternate between personal appeals and surreal narratives, the literal and the obtuse. Saz’s vocals, a blend of fully-fledged playfulness and childlike vulnerability are synced to Roy’s empowerment on the traps while Aubin, as always, the band’s seal of approval, sprinkles his sonic magic all over the tracks.
Everything about this record is tight and well thought-out. From the rocker opener “Man On The Move” on to closer “The Greatest Race,” no riff overstays its welcome.
Mon Electric Bijou is a Montreal-based rock and alt-country outfit, created in 2002 by Martin Saz. Taking as much influence from the British invasion-style rock of The Who and The Kinks as Guided By Voices and Gram Parsons, Mon Electric Bijou’s songs combine melodicism and noise in fully distinct fashion.
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