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Malajube, ‘Trompe l’Oeil’ (Dare to Care)

Arcade Fire comparisons have come fast and furious, but they barely tickle a corner of Malajube’s mapless music, which doesn’t so much mash together styles as simply ignore them. The two Montreal bands share palpable energy and a joie de vivre, but Malajube’s songs — all delivered in French — apply the gas more forcefully and steer more recklessly, rushing from peppy piano pop to sweet, synth-assisted rock with refreshing, seemingly carefree radiance.

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