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RAKAM

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
Band Pop Alternative

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Oct
16
RAKAM @ La Plante

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Sep
19
RAKAM @ Casa Del Popolo

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

May
09
RAKAM @ Brasserie Beaubien

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Music

Press


"New Romantic stuck inside a computer game"

If you asked someone to find the antithesis of the above act, they’d probably return with something by Rakam. Thick baselines, disco beats and wacky samples fill this alternative endeavor into electronica, which, at times, sound like a new-romantic stuck inside a computer game. He even reminded me a little of former BUMP star Ira Lee, if not so much in terms of style, then more so in the often tongue-in-cheek nature of the delivery. Although it does sound like Rakam is having more fun. - Bloody Underrated


"New Canadiana - RAKAM"

Channeling the spirit of disco, funk and library music, Rakam conjures visions of nocturnal metropoles splashed with neon pink, gold and green. Stranger Things Before makes 14 offerings of back-alley side-stepping and finger-snapping melodies that haunt brains and headphones. Synths make passage from the realm of the smooth to the crispy, carried by portly bass expressions. Peppered throughout by direct communications with the organic, the occasional innocent guitar peeks out, if only to hide upon arrival of the precipitating groove. A veritable spectre of Montrealean cool. - Weird Canada


"Pile of best albums : RAKAM"

Perhaps the most enjoyable thing about Rakam‘s Stranger Things Before is how easy it is to imagine it never leaving the bedroom it was clearly created in. It could fairly be described as an attempt at pop music, but it exists in a space carved out entirely by its own gleefully freewheeling invention, and seems motivated exclusively by the giddy realization that there need not be a limit to what form that invention takes.
The New Wave DIY disco strut of the album’s only French language song, “Le Jazz dans la Rue,” is buoyed brilliantly by Marc-André Roy’s exaggerated cool-guy croon, reaching peaks of impassioned warbling that recall a Francophone Patrick D. Martin only to be interrupted by a surprisingly delicate Casiotone harpsichord arrangement. Another standout, “Long Island Beaches,” is about as close as Rakam gets to a plausible love song and veers into slightly more typical synth pop territory, albeit with some spastic drum machine programming and another run at a “baby’s first Bach” harpsichord interlude. The album’s instrumentals are consistently excellent, especially the wonderfully developed “Ocean Liner,” which owes equal debts to Brian Eno and 8-bit video game soundtracks, and shades its own complexity with its charmingly understated lo-fi sound and more than occasional missed notes. That juxtaposition is probably the greatest strength of Stranger Things Before, as it allows Rakam to maintain a level of intimacy while simultaneously being as wildly expansive and imaginative as they care to be. Stranger Things Before is available on RAKAM’s bandcamp.

This post first appeared as part of our New Zero Canada column on Berlin’s No Fear of Pop. - Silent Shout


"Madcap falsetto, daring drum machine programming"

We wrote about Rakam‘s Le Jazz Dans La Rue a little while ago and in the interim we’ve not stopped listening to their excellent album, Stranger Things Before. Because we want everyone to love them forever and always, and get all up in their bandcamp buying their album, I’m posting another gem. This one features madcap falsetto, some daring drum machine programming, and is notable for featuring the lyric “I had to swim in the river of Mountain Dew” and somehow still being the most plausible love song on the record. - Silent Shout


"Build your life around it"

I have a confession to make. We must have been sleeping and we missed this when it came out and none of you should ever forgive us. This track comes from RAKAM‘s record Stranger Things Before and it is absolutely mind-bogglingly good. Super-slinky, playful, new hotness. Like a more electronic Patrick D Martin except in French and way better. Build your life around it. - Silent Shout


"New Zero Canada : RAKAM"

Perhaps the most enjoyable thing about Rakam's Stranger Things Before is how easy it is to imagine it never leaving the bedroom it was clearly created in. It could fairly be described as an attempt at pop music, but it exists in a space carved out entirely by its own gleefully freewheeling invention, and seems motivated exclusively by the giddy realization that there need not be a limit to what form that invention takes. The New Wave DIY disco strut of the album's only French language song, "Le Jazz dans la Rue", is buoyed brilliantly by Marc-André Roy's exaggerated cool-guy croon, reaching peaks of impassioned warbling that recall a Francophone Patrick D. Martin only to be interrupted by a surprisingly delicate Casiotone harpsichord arrangement. Another standout, "Long Island Beaches", is about as close as Rakam gets to a plausible love song and veers into slightly more typical synth pop territory, albeit with some spastic drum machine programming and another run at a 'baby's first Bach' harpsichord interlude. The album's instrumentals are consistently excellent, especially the wonderfully developed "Ocean Liner", which owes equal debts to Brian Eno and 8-bit video game soundtracks, and shades its own complexity with its charmingly understated lo-fi sound and more than occasional missed notes. That juxtaposition is probably the greatest strength of Stranger Things Before, as it allows Rakam to maintain a level of intimacy while simultaneously being as wildly expansive and imaginative as they care to be.

Stranger Things Before is available on RAKAM's bandcamp. - No Fear of Pop


"Montréal’s new electro pop anthem"

Marc-André Roy has captured the best of video games and cheesy television soundtracks in the analogue synth off Stranger Things Before. The effortlessly dancey “Le jazz dans le rue” could be Montréal’s new electro pop anthem. - Pop Montreal


"New splendors of 2011"

It's the "I really dug these records in 2011" episode
of New Shit (according to AJ, who is not the only host of the
show, but the longest running host pulling new shit from
the mail bin to your radio since 2009.)

The problem : the small leaning tower of recordings
is a wee too tall for 2 hours. Some good shit is gonna
be left outta the game. - New Shit Radio


Discography

Triomphe Seul (TBA)

Stranger Things Before (2012)

Come as your favorite car (2008)

Beacheffort (2007)

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Bio

RAKAM is the working name of Montreal-based artist Marc-André Roy. A radio producer turned music composer, RAKAM writes pop songs with multiple irresistible hooks arranged in the style of late-seventies and eighties jazz, rock and so-called alternative culture.

RAKAM songs go from English to French to instrumental form and even incorporates German language in one case. Often associated with “electronic music”, RAKAM says that the “electronic” in his music is more a means than an end, a matter of producing ideas with economy of space and time.

RAKAM has produced two EP's in the late 2000's, namely the Canadian Campus and Community Radio Report charting Beacheffort. In 2012, RAKAM released its first full-length album Stranger Things Before, co-produced with John Wilson (former member of Meat Beat Manifesto). Part of Stranger Things Before was recorded and engineered by Mingo l'Indien of Les Georges Leningrad.

RAKAM's Stranger Things Before received few but unanimously positive reviews. Weird Canada labeled it “a veritable spectre of Montrealean cool”. No Fear of Pop called it “an album that exists in a space carved out entirely by its own gleefully freewheeling invention”. Pop Montreal, who once compared Marc-André Roy to Jonathan Richman, said of the album that it “captured the best of video games music and cheesy television soundtracks”. Stranger Things Before was also nominated for best album of the year in Silent Shout's Shadow Polaris Prize.

RAKAM's second full-length album Triomphe Seul is currently being mixed at Studio Pierre Marchand in Montreal.

Past performances by RAKAM include opening slots for Glass Candy, Jef Barbara, Paula and appearances at Montreal Fringe, Off Quebec, Pop Montreal, (...).

Current RAKAM band is occupied by Einar Jullum, Simon Quevillon and principal author Marc-André Roy.

Band Members