Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland could have stayed folk singers each on their own, like they were before forming WHITEHORSE a few years ago. They could also have been your typical “2 guitars 2 voices” type of folk duet using their great voices and guitar skills. But no. They went way further in their musical exploration to deliver a unique “2-piece-full-band” that covers the whole spectrum of styles they want to play. Nothing is going to stop this creative couple from doing the music they love.

Using loops, bass, a full drum kit, and many guitars (their stage tech is probably the busiest I’ve ever seen!), Doucet and McClelland create a very rich and dark folk rock type of music that makes their great pop sensibilities shine through the harmonies they sing together.

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These two skilled musicians are completely independent, which is ideal to make their unique chemistry shine. They use every bit of their great talent to deliver inspired music and make every detail count. That’s a sign of great virtuosity. Doucet is obviously a guitar aficionado that respects the instrument and the music so much that he can only play as great as it should be played. I’m sure his expectations of his own playing are very high, and this honors him a lot. McClelland has such superb feelings conveyed in her voice that she captivates every second of everybody’s ears when she stands in front of a mic.

Together, the result is greater than the sum of their talents. The chemistry between them makes every note sparkle and every moment seem important. Whitehorse is probably music’s most beautiful couple. Long live Whitehorse!

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.