On North by East West :
I may not understand what they’re saying, but I like them nonetheless. Karkwa, a five-piece alternative outfit from the Québec music scene, has been together for over a decade and has released three albums in addition to their latest effort, Les Chemins de verre, released this past week on March 30th via Québec indie label, Audiogram. Despite not being able to really understand the band lyrically (mostly at the fought of my sub-par Ontario French curriculum--but we won’t get into that right now), I really love their music. The great thing about Francophone music is that it really doesn’t matter if you can’t understand the words, because they’re just as beautiful without the meaning, perhaps even more so in a state of ignorance (at least that’s what I think). The language itself is music to your ears; so to all you Anglophone folks out there, I really encourage you to delve into the Francophone scene. Karkwa is a wonderful example of some amazing music coming out of Québec. Their new album is full of mellow, intricate piano melodies, and soft sounding acoustics that will surely make you a fan.
To preview and purchase, Les Chemins de verre by Karkwa, check out the Musique Francophone section on iTunes.
Learn more about the band:
Check out Karkwa playing with Land of Talk’s Liz Powell during the CBC Radio 3/ Bande à part music session during Canadian music week this past March:
Photo Credit: Marie-Claude Hamel (via Karkwa website)
By Rose Palmieri,Sunday, April 4, 2010