As Milk & Bone, Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne possess a rarefied ability to reconstruct your innermost sentiments out of an array of synths, drums, programming and voice, all while keeping the deepest layers intact and affecting.
If Milk & Bone's 2015 debut, Little Mourning, offered cool reflections on hot and cold relationships, the duo don't stray too far from that subject matter here. But what Deception Bay offers is an amplification of their strengths: from dreamy reflections to post-relationship reckonings, the duo seem bolder, more playful, and more attuned to the nuances of their subject matter than ever. They've expanded in scope — Deception Bay trumps Little Mourning's eight tracks with 14 — and the extra room lets them mine even richer emotional territory.
"Daydream" drifts along with the compulsive pull of its namesake state of mind. "KIDS" is a fond shoulder-check on a love that didn't last ("Yeah it's cool, it was fun, we were clueless"). The title track is an absolute standout, and the rest take varied directions on matters of the heart. But on Deception Bay, Milk & Bone alway manage to reveal something deep or cathartic beneath whatever situation they find themselves surveying. (Bonsound)