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Album Review

Montreal's Malajube are like an indie rock Dr. Frankenstein. On their debut album Trompe-l'Oeil they construct a sound out of scraps left over from other bands and come up with an appealingly strange hybrid. An inventory of parts used in the creation of Malajube's monster would read, in part: some Flaming Lips-style weirdness, a dash of Radiohead majesty, traces of early Mercury Rev's kitchen sink approach to recording, some Arcade Fire drama, a bit of post-punk à la Franz Ferdinand and tiny scraps of chamber pop iconoclasts like Sparklehorse, Sigur Rós and Mew here and there. It sounds like a mess and occasionally it is, especially when the curiously flat mix turns things into a sonic mush. Much more often though, the album is a success since the band plays and sings with a furious energy throughout and takes care to always imbue their arrangements with enough surprises to keep things interesting. At their best, on tracks like the rampaging "Pâte Filo" or the woozily swaggering rocker "Ton Plat Favori," Malajube turn that ungainly blend of influences into a unique and thrilling sound. Trompe-l'Oeilis a fine debut from a band that shows a lot of promise.

Customer Reviews


This is an amazing cd, you will no be dissapointed. It's a fresh sound compare to everything thats out there right now. Buy it!!!!

op pomp li pomp li ehh!

In a word the band is spectacular. The songs really escape classification. I especially like Montreal -40C.

Great album

This album is alot of fun! Yes they do speak in french but it doesnt matter. The over all blend is great! and you can always look up what their lyrics mean later. Pandor recomend this from my Foxy Shazam channel, So if you like one, try the other!


Formed: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Bringing to mind a French Super Furry Animals, Montreal rock band Malajube include Julien Mineau (vocals/guitar), Francis Mineau (drums), Mathieu Cournoyer (bass), Thomas Augustin (keyboard), and Renaud Bastien (guitar/keyboard). In addition to releasing the albums Le Compte Complet (2004, produced by Martin Pelland of the...
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