“La garçonne”

by Jim Di Gioia

February 12, 2018

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.

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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