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“Some­times when I’m per­form­ing a song, I’m re­moved from it and think­ing about the au­di­ence,” says Camille Poliquin, one half of Mon­treal elec­tro-pop duo Milk & Bone. “And other days I’m al­most moved to tears be­cause I’m feel­ing the ex­act emo­tions I felt when I wrote it.” Across the stage, mu­si­cal part­ner Lau­rence La­fond-Beaulne might not have ex­pe­ri­enced the love or an­guish that in­spired those emo­tions, but hav­ing worked on the songs, she gets it. “When bring­ing a song to the other per­son, some­times it’s hard to ex­plain be­cause it’s too much,” says La­fond-Beaulne. “But Camille never goes there with me; she just knows.”

In their mu­sic, Poliquin and La­fond Beaulne don’t shy away from dif­fi­cult dis­cus­sions; their de­but al­bum, Lit­tle

Mourn­ing, was a “cheat­ing al­bum” that con­fronted bur­den­some me­mories of re­morse, for­bid­den love and con­flict. Their pierc­ing har­monies al­ter­nate be­tween feel­ing like a gut punch and a balm, re­leas­ing hurt and anger, bring­ing re­lief and for­give­ness.

While im­por­tant to their process, re­liv­ing hard­ships can hin­der the jour­ney to­ward self­love, says Poliquin. Most of us con­front pain in pri­vate, while mu­si­cians of­ten let it feed their very-public art. “I have to get in touch with that part of me,” she says. “But I also have to re­mem­ber to take care of my­self.”

Their favourite love songs: All of Chet Baker’s love songs; “Vi­brate,” Ru­fus Wain­wright

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