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Mlle Caro & Franck Garcia

Pain Disappears

(Buzzin' Fly; US: 12 Feb 2008; UK: Available as import)

Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly Records is one to watch. Justin Martin’s Chaos Restored tech house mix from 2007 received modest but highly supportive praise, and really put the young imprint on the map for collectors. Now, as we’re faced with the first ever artist album on the label, things are only going to get crazier. The debut full-length collaboration between Mademoiselle Caroline Laher and Perpignan homeboy Franck Garcia is a remarkable work of open-minded electronica as quality in its production as its diversity. Pain Disappears blends the finest bass micro house has to offer and the crunchiest indie pop guitar so flawlessly (seeing tracks lean to one extreme or the other without forsaking either) that you’ll forget what’s what or just stop caring all together.


Granted, the lyrics can get a little on the cheesy side, an unwelcome side effect of their house influence. Double tracking all the vocal with Franck’s pushed higher in the mix gets old too. I’d love to hear Caro get a lead once in a while just to up the dynamic a bit. However, the magnitude of their ambition is bound to result in a few kinks right out of the gate. I mean, the honorably similar Supermayer project Superpitcher and Kompakt boss Michael Mayer put together wasn’t flawless, and both of them have been in the game a long time. Suffice to say, the bar has been set high for Mr. Watt’s imprint.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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