Article by: Chad Hutchings
Often disunited, Canada's French and English music scenes have formed a new link as a pair of big names join forces for their first release.
Due out this Tuesday, February 15th, Armistice's self-titled EP is the latest collaboration between Jay Malinowski of Toronto's Bedouin Soundclash and Montreal's Beatrice Martin (better known as Juno-nominated Coeur De Pirate). Fans of Bedouin Soundclash will recognize the pairing from the duet "Brutal Hearts", critically touted as one of the strongest tracks from the group's 2010 album, Light The Horizon.
Now, the two (who, incidentally, are also a duo off-stage) have come together in full-force and created a release that's described as "Western spaghetti meets swingjazz and doowop inflected voices." This sound, while heavily shaped by both Malinowski's and Martin's styling, is also undeniably influenced by instrumental contributions from El Bronx (the moniker under which members of punk-rock's The Bronx recorded a mariachi album in 2009).
In advance of Tuesday's release, Armistice recently recorded a video for the EP's leading single, "Mission Bells" (see below). With no Canadian dates yet scheduled in support of the EP, this video might be your only chance to see Armistice perform in the near future. Of course, when that changes, we'll be sure to let you know.
- Mission Bells
- City Lights Cry
- Jeb Rand
- Neon Love
- God Will Get His Man