Montreal new-wave noise-pop resident Pat Jordache (aka Patrick Gregoire) cut his teeth collaborating with a pre-Tune-Yards Merrill Garbus in Sister Suvi and later with Islands but his solo project sees a meshing together of tightly knit sounds and vocals in a way that's both inventive and emotionally affecting.
"Talking Heads on crack" is how a friend described it to me when I put on Gregoire's new long player Steps, which came out in May. The record actually recalls Brian Eno as much as David Byrne and manages to be abstract and experimental without losing focus on the listener and the need to entertain and enlighten.
The clip for standout track "OMO" was filmed in late winter outside of Montreal, at an abandoned ski resort and drive-in theatre. It's a track that filters through two extremes of the record - Gregoire's musical complexity and pop sensibility - and will surely make you want to hear this awesome album.
"Finding my voice as a solo performer is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do," Gregoire has said. He needn't have worried - he got there in the end.