MALA­JUBE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - LEAGUES O’TOOLE

Trompe-L’Oeil City Slang Que­béc’s Mala­jube are in the un­usual po­si­tion of be­ing a French lan­guage indie-rock band on the verge of world­wide break­through. Their sec­ond album proves there are more po­tently uni­ver­sal tongues to com­mu­ni­cate with than the English lan­guage. Pop in it­self is Mala­jube’s first lan­guage, and their sec­ond album is ablaze with myr­iad in­flu­ences. Mon­tréal -40•C is the long-lost Québé­cois cousin of Mod­est Mouse’s Float On with its big, rowdy cho­rus. Pâte Filo slinks with the sort of dreamy slide gui­tar heard in early Pulp records, yet the the­atri­cal, howl­ing back­ing vo­cals are a di­rect in­flu­ence of home­land he­roes Ar­cade Fire. The chimeric Mala­jube dab­ble in prog, doo-wop pi­ano, pop, hip-hop, Sonic Youth-styled white noise and lash­ings of shouty, noisy indie-rock. www.mala­jube.com

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