Motel Raphaël
Motel Raphaël
Stomp Records
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Motel Raphaël is a young indie-pop band from Montreal, led by Clara Legault, Maya Malkin and Emily Skahan. Since their inception in 2012, this 5-piece outfit has risen through the ranks of Montreal's burgeoning independent scene at an astronomical pace. Headlining performances at Osheaga, SXSW, POP Montreal, CMW, Fringe, M for Montreal as well as coast to coast touring have garnered welcome comparisons to Tegan and Sara, Feist, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes and Arcade Fire as well as unabashedly glowing praise from the press community.

While Motel Raphaël's debut "Cable TV" features folk-tinged, ethereal pop songs of love and heartbreak, their sophomore effort "System" is an entirely new creation. Complex songwriting encompassed by a drastic leap forward in maturity earned from experience speaks to the complicated nature of navigating the traps and pitfalls of everyday life. Drawing from a wide range of musical influences, they craft distinct and diverse tracks all held together by their utterly angelic vocal performances. Themes of hope, perseverance, retribution and passion run through these fourteen intricately crafted songs. A true labor of love, "System" was recorded in Montreal by Rod Shearer (The Stills, Bobby Bazini, Florence K, Corey Hart) and features arrangements and keys by Liam O'Neil (Kings Of Leon, The Stills, Jean Leloup, Stars).

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Motel Raphaël est un groupe émergent d'indie-pop originaire de Montréal, ayant â sa tête Clara Legault, Maya Malkin et Emily Skahan. Depuis sa création en 2012, le groupe a gravi les échelons de la scène indépendante montréalaise â une vitesse fulgurante. Leur participation remarquée â Osheaga, SXSW, POP Montréal, CMW, Fringe, M pour Montréal ainsi que leurs prestations aux quatre coins du pays leurs ont valu les comparaisons bien méritées â Tegan and Sara, Feist, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes et Arcade Fire ainsi que maintes éloges de la communauté de la presse.

Alors que le premier album de Motel Raphaël Cable TV était principalement caractérisé par une pop éthérée empreinte de folk, planant sur les thèmes de l'amour et du chagrin, elles ont pour leur deuxième opus "System", pris une direction créative entièrement nouvelle. Compositions plus complexes jumelées â une plus grande maturité, l'album parle de la vie quotidienne dans toute sa complexité, ses écueils et ses pièges. Puisant dans un large éventail d'influences musicales, elles façonnent des pièces distinctes et diverses qui forment un tout soutenu par les performances vocales quasi angéliques des trois musiciennes. Quatorze chansons finement ciselées, traitant des thèmes d'espoir, de persévérance, de vengeance et de passion. Fruit d'un doux labeur, "System" a été enregistré â Montréal par Rod Shearer (The Stills, Bobby Bazini, Florence K, Corey Hart) et contient claviers et arrangements par Liam O'Neil (Kings Of Leon, The Stills, Jean Leloup, Stars).

"Motel Raphaël are the most exciting band to come out of Montreal since Arcade Fire." - GQ Magazine UK

"These sweethearts embody what it means to be from Montreal, not only because they are a group of strong, idol-worthy women, but because they represent the city in such a distinct way. The way they layer their voices to make them more than just mere harmonies, but three distinct voices, says something about the uniqueness of this Montreal cultural hub, showcasing all the their differences while highlighting how well they all mesh together." Vice Magazine / Noisey

"...while Cable TV has all the usual trappings of a highly orchestrated pop album (the string-skipping guitar duels and clap-heavy rhythm of "Ghosts," the twinkling twee instrumentation of "The Things You Should Have Said"), what sets the recordings apart from more achromatic albums is the band's use of technicolour melodies (album opener "Rooftop at Romolo's") and vivid storytelling ("London," "Young"), which a press release notes emphasizes "a songwriting maturity that far exceeds the fact that the band members are all still in their early twenties." - EXCLAIM!

"Elles nous offrent une pop romantique, brode d'harmonies vocals et de reflexions feminines" – Elle QC

"There's a tangible note of nostalgia that wends its way through much of the writing, amplified by Skahan, Malkin and Legault's thrilling and often chilling three-part harmonies. It's especially evident on propulsive pop songs like the clever and compelling Ghosts, the rootsy, cool London and the relentlessly ear-wormy new The Things You Should Have Said. " – Montreal Gazette (cover story)

"Montreal's Motel Raphaël is a band that's reaching for the stars at the speed of light." – Open Til Midnight

"Ghosts itself is immediately catchy, with an addictive chorus, flawless harmonies and seriously fantastic vocals that will capture your heart immediately." – Indecent Xposure


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