Published Oct 03, 2009Montreal's no-wave, Moog-rock four-piece Duchess Says are brilliant at working with language. That is so to say, they are francophone, and yet front-woman AC sings more in rhythmic sounds than in anything linguistically discernible. Her male band-mates keep their distance, because her trance-like thrashing and unconscious hand motions sometimes get out of hand. Duchess Says almost make you want to dance, but they straddle that line between asymmetric and symmetrical musical composition. Still, it's possible to move with them, especially when AC decides to jump into the crowd and move with you, all the while singing wildly.