It doesn’t happen very often that I really like a francophone band. Karkwa is one of the few. I only had a chance to listen to two of their albums so far: Les tremblements s’immobilisent (2005) and Le volume du vent (2008). I am particularly fond of the former. What strikes me with this band is that besides the fact that they are excellent composers and musicians, their music is amazingly well produced on album. Usually, I don’t like french canadian music because the focus is not on the music and the melody, but on the lyrics. I get tired quickly of that kind of production. Karkwa defies this established philosophy of music creation and production in Quebec by making music that is still well rooted in its french canadian origin. Very refreshing.

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