Since Prez 45 seems to have declared war on Canada, we’ve been seeking cultural détente wherever we can find it. And when it comes to music, Montreal is a always good place to start.
To wit, the impossibly cool electro trio Paupière (Julia Daigle, Eliane Préfontaine and Pierre-Luc Begin), who arrived on the scene in 2016 with the exciting debut EP Jeunes instants. They’ve since continued to dazzle with their electric live performances – and one of those (in their hometown) was captured for the video version of the new single “Les Fleurs,” which BlackBook premieres here.
The song itself – with its vivacious beats and ’80s synth stylings recalling Depeche Mode and Gary Numan – epitomizes their sexy insouciance and self-possessed aplomb. All of that is in full-flower on their first full-length album, À Jamais Privé de Réponses, (it translates intriguingly to “forever prevented of responses”) due out September 7.
In the meantime, you can catch them at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival (which will also feature the likes of Arctic Monkeys and St. Vincent) on August 4.