If your response to the announcement of the Polaris Prize winner was, “What’s a Karkwa?” you’re definitely not alone: the four-piece from Montreal were the dark horse candidate for the 2010 Prize. Nominated for their fourth album (Les Chemins de verre) since their debut in 2003, the band has not achieved notoriety outside of Quebec. While some may interpret the Karkwa’s win as an attempt on the part of the Polaris judges to reach out to Canada’s francophone music scene, the inventive and tremendously diverse Les Chemins de verre (The Glass Roads) leads me to believe otherwise. Dors dans mon sang, one of the album’s strongest tracks, is reminiscent of Sigur Ros in its pacing, delicate vocals and brooding atmosphere. The song feels like it is building toward a crashing climax but instead, gracefully fades into soft static as Louis-Jean Cormier somberly adds a few final words — a conclusion which is equally, if not more, satisfying.
Extract from article "October Octaves - New music from No Age, Sufjan Stevens, Warpaint, and Karkwa" by Sean MacKay, the Varsity,