Armistice
Armistice


4.5
superb

Review

by Irving Tan STAFF
February 24th, 2011 | 102 replies | 10,541 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In time you'll learn there's us and them.

Montrealite Beatrice Martin (Coeur de Pirate) and Torontonian Jay Malinowski (of Bedouin Soundclash fame) don't exactly have a lot in common. Although a real-life episode of Bon Cop, Bad Cop this is not, a world of differences separates the two musicians. For one, Malinowski has chosen the brashness of English alternative rock and dirty reggae as his forte, whereas Martin breathes French indie pop and will leave her heart on her windowsill when she can - ton histoire est une épopée des plus brillants exploits, indeed. In spite of the odds, a connection still came in 2010, when Martin lent her voice to the track “Brutal Hearts” on Bedouin Soundclash’s fall release, Light The Horizon. Although the collaboration was initially planned as a one-off performance, it eventually became the springboard for further collaboration a year later, and before long legendary Los Angeles hardcore punk band The Bronx (operating here under the name Mariachi El Bronx) was roped in as well. The result is Armistice, and all told this 15-minute EP is both a veritable smorgasbord of stylistic collusion and a hint at greater things to come.

The mariachi backdrop in which the EP's five songs are set is an immediate clincher. Although the concept of writing songs about love and war is itself incredibly dated, the delightful implementation of the vihuela and the guitarron makes their reincarnation here appear both fresh and worthwhile. Album opener "Mission Bells", for instance, is deeply evocative thanks to the roiling instrumental work in the back of the mix. Then, when the Canadian pair sing, "Oh then we could ring out like mission bells/Across the yard we knew so well", it's extremely hard to avoid from being caught up in the pervading melancholy. Elsewhere, Latin flavoring is used to invigorate: on "City Lights Cry", for example, a reverberating bass adds a hint of intrigue, with Martin's skeletal opening verses recalling her earlier work as Coeur de Pirate.

The sense of chemistry between the two leads is also impeccable; neither performer is ever overshadowed by the quality of the other, even when vocal duties are shared. The number "Neon Love" is perhaps the best example of this; here, the cohesion between Martin and Malinowski is at its most palpable, and one might even be tempted to describe the whole affair as electrifying; it is easy to see why it only took all of a year before the pair decided to re-unite. More importantly, Coeur de Pirate fans and Bedouin Soundclash fans should have no trouble with this album. In fact, Coeur de Pirate fans will find more to love about Martin's sultry vocals; that is, they manage to sound as vulnerable as remembered, even when surrounded by denser and more flavorful backing music. Meanwhile, Malinowski fans longing for their messiah's youthful desperation will find him everywhere on this record; his vocals permeate the entire album, infusing it with real character. Undoubtedly, the Bedouin Soundclash frontman's crowning moment on this release is EP closer "God Will Get His Man", where he delivers a haunting riposte set against a burgeoning flamenco; the results are predictably stunning.

In a year which has seen precious few quality collaborations, Armistice's debut EP stands out as a shining beacon of showmanship and pop sensibility. Indeed, the only thing worth deploring about this release is its length - or lack thereof. Still, it is likely that enough has been done to both entice the band's current fans and suggest to the neutrals that a full Armistice LP might be a worthwhile proposition. Notably, Armistice have chosen to list their genre as being, "rock, folk, alt, awesome" on their official Facebook page; while this may seem as a crude and laughable move for most bands, on this particular occasion, Armistice have actually made an understatement.



Recent reviews by this author
Linkin Park The Hunting PartyColdplay Ghost Stories
Caleb McAlpine All Things NewAngel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Eternal Summers The Drop BeneathBlood Orange Cupid Deluxe
user ratings (75)
Chart.
3.9
excellent
other reviews of this album
Blair Chopin (4.5)
Peace of mind is not hard to find...

SowingSeason STAFF (5)
Do you believe in love at first listen? Or will you have to give Armistice another spin?...

trending alt & indie albums

Lowborn

AM

To Be Kind

Reflektor

Comments:Add a Comment 
Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I loved this; can you tell? Honestly, the only reason why I didn't hand out a 5.0 was because this wasn't a full album.

Stream: http://armistice.bandcamp.com/album/armistice

Comments and criticism will be much appreciated. Cheers guys!

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



28391 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

damn bitch youre a review machine

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



28391 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

ok you sold me. getting this 500 percent fuck yea

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn bitch youre a review machine

Nicest thing anyone has told me today fuck yea hahahaha. Tell me what you think about the album okay acad? =)

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



28391 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

not really crazy about the male vocalist... can't help thinking caughthran would be better... but yeah this is quite good

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're a fan of The Bronx, acad?



theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



28391 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yes... big fan... of both bands/all 4 albums

Tyrael
February 24th 2011



20798 Comments


Yeah this wasn't very good...
Jk! Man you keep amazing me, pos.

iFghtffyrdmns
February 24th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"a veritable smorgasbord of stylistic collusion."
that is a damn good phrase.

This isn't a huge deal at all but in the third paragraph, you start two sentences in a row with "But". The repetition threw me off at first because I couldn't tell if it was intentional or not, but it really doesn't detract from the otherwise excellent writing; whether or not it's something worth changing is up to you. As always, great read Irv. Will most definitely check this out.

GulliKyro
February 24th 2011



357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You can really hear the francophone in this. Its good stuff.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ iFghtffyrdmns: Whoa! I had not spotted that. Thanks buddy!

Also, thanks everyone for all the encouraging comments. Do check this album out - I think it's easily one of the best things I've heard all year.

FelixCulpa
February 24th 2011



1239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is good! Cool to see the bronx involved!

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indeed. Album is awesome. And it made me want to try out The Bronx!

DoubtGin
February 24th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Bronx makes me want to try out this

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The link to the stream is in the first comment if you so choose, DoubtGin =)

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shameless bump :D

Because seriously, folks should try this.

pizzamachine
February 24th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Although a real-life episode of Bon Cop, Bad Cop this is not

Nice haha. Good review Ving, I checked out the album and it roooooools.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

CANADIAN SIGHTING!!!

I am extremely pleased to see you caught the reference kintups. It took seventeen damn comments for it to happen LOL. The album is indeed boss - like the rest of Canada. I really hope these guys put out a full LP.

Oh then we could ring out like mission bells/Across the yard we knew so well...

=)

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SHAMELESS BUMP PART 2.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2011



15615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

listening now

Digging: Low Roar - 0



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy