Trompe-l'Oeil

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • Label: Dare To Care
  • UPC: 775020772014
  • Catalog Number: 23

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Malajube Primary Artist
Ryan Battistuzzi Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guest Appearance
Martin Pelland Voices, Guest Appearance
Valerie Jodoin-Keaton Voices, Transverse Flute, Guest Appearance
Pierre Lapointe Voices, Guest Appearance
Thomas Augustin Synthesizer, Piano, Voices, Melodica, Vibes, Beat Box, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Casio, Group Member
Mathieu Cournoyer Basse, Group Member
Joe DesBreast Maracas, Guest Appearance
Martine Gaumond Violone, Guest Appearance
Catherine Lesaunier Cello, Guest Appearance
Loco Locass Voices, Guest Appearance
Francis Mineau Cymbals, Drums, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Triangle, Voices, wah wah guitar, Group Member
Julien Mineau Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Triangle, Voices, Xylophone, 12-string Guitar, megaphone, Basse, Group Member
Virginie Parr Voices, Guest Appearance
Simon Proulx Voices, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Ryan Battistuzzi Engineer
Malajube Composer
Thomas Augustin Composer
Julien Mineau Composer
Virginie Parr Composer
Ryan Morey Mastering
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