Thursday, April 12, 2007


ALBUM: Going Places
FILE UNDER: Pop / Western Swing / French pop
LABEL: Carpark Records
INFO: Going Places was entirely self-recorded and self-engineered at Montag’s home studio, Micro Ohne Studio 3 in Vancouver. Adding to his solo-project, Montag assembled an all-star line-up of guest artists including long-time collaborators and friends Anthony Gonzales of M83, Amy Millan of Stars, and Québécois hip-hop artist, Ghislain Poirier. Label-mate Victoria Legrand of Beach House and touring partners Au Revoir Simone add vocals, as do Vancouver-based singers Ida Nilsen of Great Aunt Ida and Leah Abramson. One of the record’s most beautiful moments is the duet, Softness, I Forgot Your Name, featuring Polaris-prize winning Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy. Recorded long-distance, the duet features surprising touches of modern opera, and as a man-on-man duet, is a rarity in indiepop music.
On the title track, Going Places, Montag recruits even more collaborators (70 to be exact) from 15 different countries. Wishing to capture new sounds and to charge the song with a real sense of traveling, Montag launched an open call for clips, the online “We Have Sound Cyber-Collaboration Project.” The result is a condensed collage of motion and travel and a sort of thesis statement for the entire album. Going Places is an experience of the love of music, life and movement.
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