Polaris 2011

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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.


About J2

What happens when you're a wordsy music aficionado who works for NXNE, CMW, HPX, Olio Music Festival, The JUNOs and Polaris Music Prize? You spend all of your free time blogging about it... Follow on Twitter if you're so inclined: @HearPlugged

Posted on September 7, 2011, in Sound Bites and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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