There are scores of shows at POP Montreal, more rare are the MOMENTS, when everything is beautiful, everyone is engaged, your throat tightens and you smile to yourself because you know that this is truly special. Leif Vollebekk's Friday night rooftop set was such a moment. Panoramic views over Montreal, gothic rooftops and the Mt Royal cross pushing up into the cloud line, the sun setting golden orange in the Montreal north. On a Persian rug island ringed with electric candelabra, Vollebekk sets up, invites the tiny crowd to pull near. What follows is a deeply intimate hour of music, Vollebekk alternately behind the keyboard and guitar, traffic from Parc Avenue offering the occasional punctuation.
The music of L.A. Witch has a prowling, expansive, and gorgeously atmospheric quality that grabs the attention and enters your dreams. One can hear the influence of bands like Mazzy Star, or The Dream Syndicate and Opal from the '80s paisley underground scene in Los Angeles, but L.A. Witch's vibe is stripped down to the bare bones and sexier, with a more intimate grindhouse rocker vibe.
Icelandic artist dj flugvél og geimskip first crossed CJLO’s radar during CMJ 2015 in New York City, with a magical performance at the conference’s Iceland Airwaves Showcase. Despite her artist name (which translates to DJ Airplane and Spaceship), she is a fantasy-inspired, electronic musician rather than a conventional DJ. Dj flugvél og geimskip explained to CJLO that in her art she prefers exploring the mythical to the mundane. Her upbeat electronic sound is laced with Icelandic and english lyrics that explore possibilities like cats in space. Her thematic explorations follow the philosophy that it is better to sing about what might be going on throughout the universe than earthly relationships.
Today is a big day! Come find us at CJLO's Pop Montreal BBQ collab at POP Quarters (3450 St Urbain) where we will be broadcasting 1-6pm, talking lots of POP with Behind The Counter and Dirty Work live- so let us know what shows you are excited to see- and ask us about our HEALTH tickets!
The POP Montreal madness continues as #CJLOgoesPOP! Tune in tomorrow (Wed) at 3pm, when folk artist Common Holly will be in studio for another editon of #CJLOPopSessions! Common Holly's music has been described as "What dappled sunlight would sound like if it had a voice." - Julia Isler.