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Approved: Paula

By | Published on Monday 15 July 2013


Cited by Grimes as her main inspiration in pop (and as a “lunatic”, but I’ll gloss over that), David Carriere plays by day in Montreal band TOPS, and at night as his solo alias Paula.

Carriere released ‘Relaxed Fit’, his first and, so far, only LP under that moniker, last year via Arbutus Records. An underrated advanced-class in the various ways it’s possible to make smart, addictive bizarro-pop look easy, ‘Relaxed Fit’ is a cartoonish ball-pit of weird synth wizardry with a lot to give. Like Carriere’s ‘disbanded’ ex-band Silly Kissers, it’s all a bit… well, silly, but, I quite like it.

It’s still downloadable (for a pay-what-you-want donation) at this link. Alternatively, if you’d like to buy it on vinyl, it’s having a re-release via Drag City’s Ethereal Sequence imprint on 17 Jul, this with a pair of extra tracks. Hear one, titled ‘Totally Nice’, and finally, the LP itself via BandCamp, here: