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Galaxie- Tigre et Diesel
Galaxie, formerly known as Galaxie 500, is the only Francophone album on this year’s short list. Formed in 2002 in Montreal, Tigre et Diesel is their 3rd album and the first under their new name. Frank Lafontaine of last year’s Polaris-winning band, Karkwa, joined Galaxie between albums.
Their sound is a little hard to define as it varies over the course of the album. The first track, ‘Piste 1‘ sounds like a french New Pornographers while the last track, ‘Shanghai‘ has a Sam Roberts feel. ‘Camouflar‘ reminds me a little of (2010 Short Listers) Radio Radio as well. And not just because it’s in French. In total, Tigre et Diesel is dancey francophone indie rock with somewhat of an 80s synth-pop flare to it.
These guys are a little difficult to track down, internet-wise. They don’t have a huge presence, at least in English territories and Googling them usually brings up the American band, Galaxie 500 (the reason for the name change). Luckily, they have a Bandcamp page at which you can listen to the entire album.
Posted on September 7, 2011, in Sound Bites and tagged Camouflar, Francophone, Frank Lafontaine, Galaxie, Galaxie 500, Karkwa, Montreal, Piste 1, Polaris Music Prize, Shanghai, Tigre et Diesel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.