Malajube: Haunting Geodesic Sounds from La Caverne

By on January 12, 2012


“…[Malajube] has exhibited a knack for fusing psychedelia, prog- and classic-rock, disco, and new wave into exuberant, easily grasped big-tent indie pop”
– Pitchfork

“…exalted racket like Broken Social Scene at their poppiest, or Super Furry Animals at their most raucous.”

Malajube: Haunting Geodesic Sounds from La Caverne

It’s common knowledge that a band that explodes onto an already overcrowded scene often burns excessively bright for a brief moment in time before fading, leaving nothing but the shakiest ashen memories of its brilliant sojourn through the musical landscape and the hearts of listeners it has illuminated along the way. And then there is Malajube, the band that continues to up the bracket with each new nugget of indie delight. Case in point, their recently released album, La Caverne, which infuses their patented pop underpinnings with a true sense of urgency and sincerity, driving each song forward into a gentle and (dare we say) rosy-tinted, oblivion.

After carving out a niche unto themselves within Montreal’s indie-rock scene and the world at large with their debut, Le Compte Complet (2004), Malajube dropped their internationally acclaimed, Trompe-l’Oeil (2006), followed by their third masterpiece Labyrinthes (2009). Their catalogue has not only impressed critics from publications as diverse as The New York Times, NME, Pitchfork, Wired, Fader, Filter, Spin, and Vanity Fair, but has served to confirm this four-piece as one of the most prolific and talented bands around. The evidence: five Felix Awards, including 2009 Album of the Year, Polaris Music Prize nominations, and thousands of adoring fans who have lined the streets and filled venues throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan as Malajube have spun their potent web of indie intrigue at SXSW, CMJ Music Festival, Osheaga, Les Eurockeennes, and Les Francofolies de Montreal.

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And now, after holing up in a custom-built, modern geodesic cavern replete with an array of triangular faces, Malajube have returned with ten freshly minted tracks mixed by their long-time collaborator Ryan Battistuzzi. Not surprisingly, Malajube took home the 2011 Felix Award for Best Alternative Album of the Year at l’ADISQ Gala and were nominated for a Bucky Award (CBC Radio 3) in the Best Reason to Learn French category. Listening to La Caverne conjures images of stepping into the cavern with them; it is primal and vast, retro pop magnificence that sounds like edgy comfort from beyond.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.