Have you ever heard of synthetic Chiac country music? Moncton’s Allumette (formerly Most Ghost) is perhaps the first person to have ever put out a track of this genre, and the unorthodox blend of styles totally works. The arrangements are sparse and feature little more than synth-strings, some bass, a drum machine and vocals. Even without knowing the title of the song, you can hear the subtle country-music influence in the music, which adds a touch of playfulness to the willfully drab vibe.
But Allumette’s lyrics and vocal delivery are really what makes the track so captivating, almost hypnotic. The speak-singing is very nonchalant and detached, yet the lyrics convey a deep sense of longing and include funny observations about anything from getting out of a bad relationship (“steur les walls de mon apartment sont juste la right couleur”) to cigarettes (“ça goute pu rien cer rendu 82 piasses”).
“G2 (Acadie Country)” is available now, PWYW, from Bandcamp.