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Album Review

For their third studio album, Karkwa put together a batch of atmospheric, well-crafted rock songs that mirrored the music of Radiohead and Coldplay. Le Volume du Vent opens with a soft melody that moves into a grandiose, sweeping arrangement centered around lead vocalist Louis-Jean Cormier's melodies. The music only gets more sweeping and grandiose from there. String sections sway wildly, compositional styles are played with, and Cormier croons in French in front of it all. The singsong format of "Oublie Pas" contrasts strongly with the grandeur of "Deux Lampadaires," and the nearly acoustic balladry of the title track sits apart from them both. The compositions are solid throughout. They're full of basic hooks and riffs with an apparent eye toward marketability, but those hooks and riffs aren't entirely gratuitous. Twinkling pianos in "Le Solstice" mirror elements of the Police, and the melancholy directions in "Dormir le Jour" echo portions of Soundgarden's darkness. There's a lot tucked away in this album, packed extremely densely. It's likely to take a couple of listens to get it all.

Customer Reviews

at the forefront of french canadian contemporary music

The music scene in Québec is sizzling, both in French and English, with Montréal as its epicenter. Within this context, Karkwa is among one of the most vigorous and musically rich alternative rock groups with a sound that is situated somewhere between Radiohead and Sigur Rós. Each song conveys a different story with sophisticated lyrics and a lush melodic landscape. Louis-Jean Cormier's voice is sweet and velvety. The whole album "Le volume du vent" is a masterpiece. Karkwa is poised to become known on the world stage singing en français.

Great work

I find this music to be very soothing and relaxing keep up the good work

Like DCFC and Sigur Ros combined

This album is probably one of the best albums I've ever bought. Amazing sound. This is the definition of what alternative Indie music should be. It is experimental and at the same time very traditional. Just listening to this album once just made my jaw drop in awe. I'm disappointed that iTunes USA won't but their Polaris Prize 2010 winning album on the store yet. I'm dying to get that album.


Formed: 1998

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Karkwa only released three albums during the band's first decade together, the Canadian group garnered considerable critical acclaim during that time, eventually becoming the first francophone band to win the Polaris Music Prize. Formed in 1998 by singer/guitarist Louis-Jean Cormier, keyboardist François Lafontaine, bassist Martin Lamontagne, drummer Stephane Bergeron, and percussionist Julien Sagot, Karkwa scored a quick victory after being cherry-picked to perform at the Printemps du Quebec...
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