Klo Pelgag Festival de Musique Émergente, Rouyn-Noranda QC, September 3

Klo Pelgag Festival de Musique Émergente, Rouyn-Noranda QC, September 3
Photo: Stephen McGill
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The lush symphonic landscapes of Klo Pelgag's Polaris-longlisted L'Étoile thoracique fit perfectly draped in the natural beauty provided by the lake background at Lac Kiwanis, a security uniform-garbed backing band hanging back to manage the atmosphere while Pelgag danced up front in a fuzzy red sweater.

Just as the evening chill started spilling off the lake, the band switched things up, string players trading in their tools for a bank of keyboards while Pelgag's drummer worked an artfully fractured vocal sample into a hiccupping beat. That signaled some new material operating on a more vibrant pulse, driving things forward into balmier, rhythmic territory that got people moving and welcomed the night with warm spirits as the evening's headliner approached.
 
 

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