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Flourish//Perish (Flemish Eye)

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These Calgarians have found Montreal a more nurturing artistic base for experimenting with words and electronics. Raphaelle Standell-Preston is the impish angelic voice negotiating soundscapes her bandmates concoct. "He's so carefree. Why can I not be?" she sings in "Girl," as if disoriented in a setting that would wash past the listener if she weren't there. If This Mortal Coil met up with Dirty Projectors and argued over beauty versus ambiguity but kept playing, they might sound like Braids. "Ebben" has five minutes of shimmer, then sort of leaves you hanging. Of the assorted organic sounds thrown in to pop the dream balloon, the most essential is Raphaelle's voice.

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