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LES JUPES / Modern Myths (Head In The Sand)

WHEN it comes to the local indie music scene no one knows better what is happening at street level than Mike Petkau Falk.

In 2009 his highly successful Record of the Week Club challenged disparate players to create music outside their natural comfort zones. As the current artistic director of the West End Cultural Centre, he has been exposed to countless artists and, along with his own well-regarded musical skills, has created what may well end up being one of the best local releases of the new year.

Modern Myths kicks at indie rock convention and throws down a weighty gauntlet for those wishing to produce any kind of unusual music in this city. The quartet, along with a bevy of local heavyweight scenesters, creates an energetically diverse din that is at once affecting and intelligent in its delivery.

The production is top-notch and the songs fairly blast out of the speakers with jittery excitement. Petkau Falk's deeply resonant voice is a key element in the Les Jupes sound and it will get your attention right away. Tracks like the bubbling Mathematics and others are almost immediately unforgettable and avoid the standard "build the hook early and repeat incessantly" syndrome. Along with a graphically divine album sleeve design this 10-tracker rates as the new benchmark for locally created rock. And that's no myth. 'Ö'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2

-- Jeff Monk

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 15, 2011 C4

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