The countdown is on. It's Polaris Prize time again, and this week (June 8th at 11:59pm to be precise) the first ballots were due from jurors. The long list of 40 albums will be announced in 7 days and that'll be whittled down to ten in about a month and a half.
For those not familiar with Polaris, it's an annual award that honours "creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music" by recognizing by the best album of the year, regardless of sales, popularity or anything else. The prize is picked by a jury of about 175 plus writers, critics, radio hosts, bloggers, other music types. There's more than a few Montreal acts contending for a spot on the long and short lists, from local darlings Plants and Animals, to twisted hip hopper Ira Lee, to franco favourites Karkwa, to shoe-gazers My People Sleeping and more. (...)
Karkwa - Les Chemins de Verre
Karkwa is one of the best benefits to come out of living in Montreal. I'm not sure how much traction they have outside this city/province, and I highly doubt I would have stumbled across them if I had moved anywhere else. Their last albums, Le Volume Du Vent, was one of my favourites of 2008. I think I was initially drawn to them because they sounded like a French version of Radiohead, but this album has them pulling on sounds from a range of respected rock acts (Beatles, Broken Social Scene, Patrick Watson). It's got moody guitars and pulsing beats, but it's well worth a listen. The lyrics are great too, even if I only catch half of them.
Posted by Jer in Music, Midnight Poutine, June 10, 2010