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François Couture, Monsieur Délire, December 14, 2009

Montréal guitarist Antoine Berthiaume’s most accessible record to date — yes, even more so than Rodéoscopique! A splendid set of 11 short pieces, all in an alt-country setting, with drums, bass, pedal steel, and strings. Antoine plays guitar, banjo and dobro. Simple yet sophisticated tubes with gorgeous and immediate melodies, short moments of craziness, and well-matured instrumental songwriting. Biscuit volé“Biscuit volé” even has a feel of Philip Glass revisited by Ennio Morricone. Bravo! I had to draw a line for my 2009 year-end lists, and that’s done, so Small Tease is officially the first serious contender for my 2010 year-end lists!

A splendid set of 11 short pieces, all in an alt-country setting, with drums, bass, pedal steel, and strings.

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