Not since Malajube let art-rock chef-d’œuvre Trompe-l’œil slip back in ’06 have we been so taken by a Francophone record as we have this week by Montréal troupe Corridor’s incontrovertibly brilliant Un magicien en toi – a six-track tour de force that’s inventive as it is immediately momentous. The four-piece comprising Jo Robin, Dom Bertha, Julian Perro and Marc Chapeau, as was with their montréalais antecedents, again trend in particularly artsy, quirky and largely off-kilter atmospheric rock, with the giddying, dizzily angular and momentarily jazzy Panique au village a perfect case in point.
To bypass the likes of Le mur de Merlin (macabre drone), Goûter du gaz (luxuriant ambient) and Oiseau, on cogne à la porte (a scintillating lo-fi tizzy) seems a shame, although with time of the essence, the proverbial feather most worthy of a-plucking is the fucking stupendous Quel quoi, which I think loosely translates to ‘what what’. And what this one is is an askew beauty hypnotically alluring as a meticulously geometric Mondrian skew-whiffily hung from a wall enrobed in the most kitsch wallpaper possible. Bref, parfait.