Impersonator

Don't be thrown by the name: The music Montreal duo Majical Cloudz makes is cold, stark and confrontationally intimate. Over a backdrop of loops and electronic drones patient to the point of static, Devon Welsh bellows lyrics so naked they're embarrassing to hear, let alone repeat. His bravery lies in the fact that he doesn't mince words. His talent lies in the fact that so many of his words are universal, however dramatic. "If life could forever be one instant," he sings on "Bugs Don't Buzz," "Would it be the moment you met me?" Song after song, this is Welsh's goal: Strip the world down to two people and try to stop time.

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