Mise en Scene

“Closer” is a song that sounds like it’s ready to rumble. Mis en Scene wield their guitars like shivs, waving their melodies through the air like brandished weapons. The Winnipeg-based trio’s rhythm section—drummer Jodi Dunlop and bassist Corey D Hykawy—erupts like Pop Rocks and vodka. Vocalist Stefanie Blondal Johnson’s blood-curdling wails and breathy singing feels attractively dangerous, like a warning hazard sign you can’t help but ignore. Cross the line into their riotous, rollicking indie-rock territory at your own peril/pleasure.

Jim Di Gioia

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Jim started the music blog Quick Before It Melts. In 2016, he ended it. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim's served on the Polaris Music Prize jury since 2009 (always a jurist, never a grand jurist), and the Prism Prize since 2013. He never says no to poutine. Like ever.

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