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New Canadiana :: Paula – Relaxed Fit

Paula - Relaxed Fit

More than a year after it was released online, Paula’s Relaxed Fit hits the vinyl big time. In the meantime, Tops guitarist David V. Carriere’s alter ego has helped me soundtrack 12-hour bus rides, poured out of roommates’ speakers during exam season, and made it to the playlist at a party or two. Relaxed Fit is a high-quality collection of semi-electronic, hyper-positive pop miniatures. Punchy drum machines, synth hooks, and cut-up processed guitars set up meaningless/meaningful, melancholic/euphoric lyrics. Even Cadence Weapon stops by for a guest verse, and on “Totally Nice” (one of two previously unreleased tracks) most of the chorus is just “ecstasy!” shouted out. So only one question remains: when we will get the Prime Cuts 12”?

American dreamers: David Carriere from Paula is currently on tour with his other band TOPS. They’re playing shows with Sean Nicholas Savage and King Krule. See the Arbutus Records page for more info!

Plus d’un an après sa sortie en ligne, Relaxed Fit de Paula nous frappe de plein fouet en vinyle. Entre-temps, l’alter ego de David V. Carriere, guitariste de Tops, m’a déjà fourni la bande sonore pour mes interminables périples d’autobus, a joué dans les haut-parleurs de mes colocs durant les fins de session et s’est immiscé dans une fête ou deux. Semi-électronique et ultra-positif, Relaxed Fit est une brillante collection de miniatures pop. De percutantes boîtes à rythmes, des synthés entraînants et des collages de guitares modulées mettent la table pour des paroles insignifiantes/signifiantes, mélancoliques/euphoriques. Même Cadence Weapon s’invite le temps d’un couplet, tandis que le refrain de «Totally Nice!» (l’un des deux titres précédemment inédits) est un pur cri d’« extase! ». Une seule question demeure : quand aurons-nous droit au 12 pouces de Prime Cuts?

Paula – Totally Nice

Paula – Waverly

Video :: Paula – Lover Boy [Dir. Jasper Baydala]

Our hero Paula heads out into the neon sleaze of Montreal. Cigarettes are purchased and undershirts get danced in. Upbeat drum machine clatter, sky-scraping synth, and a final sheet metal guitar solo take us to dejected former Silly Kisser David Carriere slouching in an emergency room. Director Jasper Baydala channels the bittersweet vibe perfectly through VHS fuzz, freeze-frames, and fast cuts.