We’re certainly not alone in our admiration for the raw, direct ambient electronic pop of Montreal duo Majical Cloudz. But when it comes to us, admiration is an understatement: last year’s Are You Alone? was our fifth favourite album of 2015, and Impersonator was our #1 of 2013. So a few weeks ago, when they released a surprise EP to coincide with a tour with fellow Montrealers She-Devils (who were our album of the week two weeks back), we knew we’d once again be pulled into Welsh & Otto’s incredible and bold sound-world.
Wait & See is only five songs long, but characteristic for these two, it’s all killer, no filler, if your definition of killer includes self-reflective meditative pop that often lacks percussion and challenges the listener to confront mortality. Their direct minimalism continues to find new directions in which to travel, as on slow electro-pop ballad “Pretty”, or the spacious ambient title track based around reversed sampling. The soft rolling drum machines on “Heaven” are a particular highlight. All in all, Majical Cloudz seem like they’ll never fail to astonish, and the superb strength of this EP suggests there must be a number of amazing b-sides from their celebrated albums that might one day surface. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Wait & See is out now on Arts & Crafts.