ALLUMETTES, LES: Close Cover Before Striking: CD-EP

This album is a pleasant little surprise. Evoking images of nature, winter, and animals befitting their Canadian origins, Les Allumettes deliver four strong tracks rife with quirky lyrics, driving guitars, and complex drum beats. The music is largely of the mellow, indie rock variety, but some moments, like when lead singer Natasha Beaudin lets loose and yells, “I got music! I got the crowd!” point to the band members’ collective roots in the Ottawa, Ontario punk scene.

 –jennifer (Basement Attick)