Release Date: March 17th, 2015
This year we already saw the release of Purity Ring’s another eternity. We saw them step-up their production for a bigger more booming sound. Was that necessary? Maybe, I mean they did a great job of it. But Montreal electropop duo Milk & Bone proved that minimal-pop still works. Sometimes subtlety can turn out beautifully.
It’s hard to believe that this is the group’s debut, Little Mourning, is made with such intention and care. “Elephant” opens up the album with anything but big footsteps. There’s crackling, almost like the delicate patter of rain on the windowsill. The background beats vary in dynamic like little waves gently playing with tension and release. The “elephant” is a metaphorical one, the unspoken distance between two lovers and the fact that they will need to part.
“Easy to Read” almost takes on a darker vibe employing finger picking samples (or perhaps live playing) from a ukulele. We are then brought into a world of bass as the song continues to unfold. There’s no doubt that “Pressure” makes a great pop single, and they chose well in making it one. The chorus will be stuck in your head in the first iteration. The more beat heavy ballad about complicated love, “New York”, was previously featured as a Vimeo Staff pick for its music video.
“X” is the least “electronic” featuring only piano and the duo’s affable voices. Perhaps the most random tune on the album would be “Tomadachi” which features rapping from Toronto MC Terrell Morris, a collaboration that worked out wonderfully. The duo does great on their own, but the fact they worked so well with Morris could open up a world of opportunities.
“Coconut Water” is just as catchy as “Pressure” with it’s memorable synth line and teasing chorus taunting a man to leave his girl for you, continuing the album’s underlying theme of a forbidden, unobtainable love. Their explosive harmonies end the album with “Watch”. What’s interesting is that their voices blend so well together, you can’t really tell there are two different people.
As the future of music gets more electronic, Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne remind us not to forget to be human.