Milk & Bone | Off the Grid | The Way We Were | Mute: A Vis­ual Doc­u­ment From 1978 To­mor­row

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IT WAS KINDA STRANGE when we first showed each other our new stuff,” Camille Poliquin ad­mits, re­gard­ing the ini­tial mo­ments of what would be­come Milk & Bone’s se­cond al­bum. “We spend so much time to­gether, but we don’t re­ally share the mu­sic that we write.”

Hav­ing with­drawn to a cabin out­side of Mon­treal for five days of writ­ing, Poliquin and band­mate Lau­rence La­fond-Beaulne had dis­cussed mak­ing more mu­sic, but up to that point, all the work had been done in­di­vid­u­ally — the pair hadn’t brought what they’d been work­ing on to each other.

“I think we were both sur­prised and pleased to see where the other was go­ing,” she says. “I felt we were both go­ing into the same di­rec­tion.”

That di­rec­tion finds the now­com­plete De­cep­tion Bay dou­bling down on the in­ti­mate cathar­sis Milk & Bone seem uniquely po­tent at con­vey­ing. If Lit­tle Mourn­ing’s dreamy re­frac­tions of long­ing and loss lin­gered on the in­ter­play of synth, har­mony and sen­ti­ment, De­cep­tion Bay ex­pands in both depth and range, span­ning the small­est new-crush mo­ments to mas­sive post-re­la­tion­ship reck­on­ings.

“It’s still very in­ti­mate, but I think we opened the scope a lit­tle more,” Poliquin says, “into a re­flec­tion onto what’s in­ti­mate.”

That they were in­tu­itively on the same page about where to go il­lus­trates one of Milk & Bone’s great­est strengths: a cer­tain serendip­ity to their pair­ing. Their col­lab­o­ra­tion be­gan when Poliquin and La­fond-Beaulne both showed

“We spend so much time to­gether, but we don’t re­ally share the mu­sic that we write.”

up to sing on a mu­tual friend’s al­bum and some­thing just clicked. That en­dur­ing con­nec­tion’s led them from their break­through de­but into a film score — Que­bec film­maker Podz’s King Dave, for which the pair earned a Cana­dian Screen Award nom­i­na­tion — and now De­cep­tion Bay.

“I feel like what we have in Milk & Bone, 80 per­cent of that is that we know each other so well,” Poliquin says. “I wouldn’t trade that for the world.”

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