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After a brief scene-setting introduction, the lovely "Grand Luxe" starts Montag's second full-length release sounding for all the world like a French-Canadian version of the minimalist-synth Brits Pram, with leader Antoine Bédard sharing lead vocals with guest Ariel Engle, in her best imitation of Rosie Cuckston's wispy vocal style. Stars' Amy Millan is the other female singer on Alone, Not Alone, adding her alluring trills to two songs, including the divine electro-pop gem "Perfect Vision." Elsewhere, Bédard largely goes it alone, his dark-toned, lightly accented whisper of a voice taking a back seat to the lovely, crystalline synth tones. Alone, Not Alone only just skates by on lashings of glacial atmosphere on its less developed songs, but when Bédard's melodic sense matches his knack for arrangements, as on the Stereolab-like drone pop of the first half of the multi-part "Angles, Country + Terrain Connu," Alone, Not Alone is as good as contemporary indie electronica gets.


Born: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Fusing dreamy electronic textures with pop melodies, Montag is the project of French Canadian musician Antoine Bédard. Born and raised in Quebec, Bédard eventually relocated to Vancouver. His debut album, 2002's Are You a Friend?, introduced Montag's abstract, charming washes of sound and was released by Gooom Disques, home also to M83 and Cyann & Ben. On 2003's Objets Perdus EP and 2005's full-length Alone, Not Alone -- a co-release by Gooom and Carpark Records -- Bédard moved in a more song-based...
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