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+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
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+ Rafael Toral - Space
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+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
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+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
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+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
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+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
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+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
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+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
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+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
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+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
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+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
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+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
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Bell Orchestre
Recording A Tape The Colour Of The Light
Rough Trade

In Montréal's suddenly-hyped music scene, tangible musical links b'tween the Québeçois post-rockers of yore (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Do Make Say Think, Hangedup) and the way-popular post-rockers/punkers of the ought-five (The Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade) have been scarce. The closest the Old Zero Kanada has come to conjoining with the celebrated New Guard of the Great Canadian Rock Renaissance has been in Valley of the Giants, where Broken Social Scenesters and members of the army of Godspeed! bunkered down in a country house and dangled some of those willowy guitar-lines out over a dry desert soundtrack — even if that was, in the bigger picture, more a meeting in the wilderness b'tween Toronto and Montréal. Yet, in all their symphonic tinkling and postmodernist, instrumentalist klang, Bell Orchestre land smack in b'tween the previously-disparate camps, led by Arcade Fire carrot-top Richard Reed Napoleon Perry, and featuring his AF homie Sarah Neufeld, and seemingly being largely inspired by the dynamic dynamics fore'er crescendo'd by the Constellation famile. Making an honest woman out of their moniker, the band do feature bells, though they're more of the tinkling than the tolling type; and the Orchestre also do plenty of tuned percussion, percussion, strings, and guitar-strings. Their record runs through a range of instrumentalist archetypes and quietly surprising turns-for-the-worse, from electrified screech to tape-op minimalism, through pastoralism and soundscapery, to numbers where they knock out all manner of feigned sturm und drang. It's a fairly fine example of considered/conceited art-school score-writing/settling, but if it gains any acclaim outside of the regular no-singing ghettos it'll be b'cause of the Certified-Gold! rockband dayjobs Perry and Neufeld do outside of the Orchestre.

by Anthony Carew

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