À La Mode
“Est-ce qu'on s'aimera”

by Jim Di Gioia

June 7, 2018

Sarvam Bodhi

Ever since hearing Winnipeg duo À La Mode on Grey Records’ Grey Matter compilation earlier this year, I haven’t been able to get the curiously mesmerizing “Est-ce qu’on s’aimera” out of my head. Members Dominique Lemoine and Ava Glendinning blend frosty synth chords and sugar-spun harmonies to heavenly effect.

A rough English translation of the song’s name is “will we love each other,” a decidedly ambiguous title. Are À La Mode making a declarative, imperative or interrogative statement? I’m relishing the wondering and hope to high heaven I never find out.

Jim Di Gioia

Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.
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