À La Mode
“Est-ce qu'on s'aimera”

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.

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Jim started the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006. 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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