While I have been pretty quiet on the blogging front lately, there has been one standout album on my Last.fm most listened stats. Milk & Bone is an electro-pop duo from Montreal, they have been much talked about since the launch of their debut album: Little Mourning, at the end of February.

The buzz on the worldwide blogosphere came before that, and not without reason. It followed the release of their first single “New York“, an intensely slow-burning song of infidelity and heartbreak. The outfit is composed of two experienced musicians: Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin who met when another Montreal electro-pop band, Misteur Valaire, invited them to sing a lead duo on their most recent album. It was a professional “coup de foudre” for the two ladies, who then proceeded to compose a melodious set of tracks, highlights of which are their symbiotic voice harmonies mixed with subtle synths and drums.

While some songs on Little Mourning do acoustic simplicity flawlessly (the piano-driven “X“, for example), they are most successful when they launch into full electronic mode, with swooping loops and synths perfectly framing the vocal harmonies. This is best exemplified by “Pressure” and “Coconut Water“, their second single.

There is not a single song I could pick out of this album, every piece has it’s own singular charm, with no filler material present. I feel this album will feature on many of our summer chillout playlists; these two girls once again prove Montreal has a fertile ground for breeding a music scene that can compete on the international front.

Little Mourning
(Bonsound, 2015)

-Genre: indie-electro-pop
-Similar to: Sneaker Pimps, Grimes, Ariane Moffatt

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Julie was born from a trumpeter dad and a drummer mum with music written in her DNA. She is from this generation that went from listening to vinyl, to creating mixtapes on cassettes, to splurging her early savings on a CD player, to discovering Napster, the iPod and so on... In 2005 she took part in the launch of Radiolibre, Quebec's first music streaming service and in 2006 started Palmares.ca, a francophone MP3 store. She spent 10 years looking after over 80 Canadian radio websites and has a ticket stub diary of over 300 shows.