“La garçonne”

Sophie Samson

What starts as an alluring beach party pop song soon turns alarming as the sugar-sweet harmonies of Vulvets begin: “Elle presse le canon de son fusil / Sur sa tempe” (roughly translated: “She presses the barrel of her gun to her temple”) on their latest single, “Le garçonne”. The juxtaposition of sound and lyrical substance goes to the heart of what the Montreal quartet of Dorothée Parent-Roy (guitar, vocals), Marie-Claire Cronier (guitar, vocals), Isabelle LaTerreur Ouimet (bass, vocals), and Marie-Eve Bouchard (drums) have built their name on. Regardless whether there are euphemisms lost in translation, “La garçonne” is perfectly jangly surf pop offered up with a side order of cynicism.

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