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Review

Jim Barker, Rubberneck, May 1, 2000

Papa Boa are another grand display of the talent that the Canadian avant-garde/out-rock/post-rock/whatever-it’s-called-this-week scene can call on. Falaise, Labbé, Leclerc, Roverselli and guests - most notably female vocalists Monpetit and Thério - have produced a widely varied selection of musics, marrying indie pop, smooth grooves, distortion, folk, eastern soundtracks, no wave guitar skronk, introspective soundscapes and wild jazz elements perfectly. Many of the tracks have an infectious rhythm which should get feet tapping all over the dance-reluctant avant world. Some of this is reminiscent of those 1980s Belgian discomforting popsters The Honeymoon Killers, who also mixed jazz, pop, wobbly space noise and chansons to equal effect. So diverse is this stew that even bits of what could be Einsturzende Neubauten and John Zorn can be detected. As you can see, this is a very hard disc to pin down, but what I do know is that it is imaginative, ambitious and all-but-perfectly realised. A winner. How much more quality product can the Canadian scene produce?