Founded 2006, based in Montreal, QC.
Genre: Post-punk, Jazz-rock, Library-wave
Similar artists: Jacno, R. Stevie Moore, Talking Heads
Label: Art Not Love Records
[RAKAM] exists in a space carved out entirely by its own gleefully, freewheeling invention… – No Fear Of Pop
New Brunswick raised and Montreal based; Marc-André Roy’s RAKAM started in 2006, fusing pop, punk, and jazz. Roy’s sombre and nihilistic lyrics leap out from behind soothing melodies, silky smooth basslines and emphatic beats, compared to Talking Heads, Devo, and Magazine.
In 2012, RAKAM’s self-released debut, “Stranger Things Before”, was met with acclaim across Canada. RAKAM’s second full-length, “Triomphe Seul”, sees him taking the lo-fi hypnagogic pop of his debut and moving towards sophisticated 70’s rock and jazz. “Triomphe Seul” was released October 14th on Art Not Love Records on digital and CD.
Live performances see Roy on fretless bass, Einar Jullum on synth, and Simon Quevillon on MIDI guitar joined by a drum machine. RAKAM has performed alongside Archery Guild, Jef Barbara,Chairs, Future States, Glass Candy, Mild High Club, Renny Wilson, and Year of Glad.
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Like a more electronic Patrick D Martin except in French and way better. Build your life around it. – Silent Shout
Channelling the spirit of disco, funk and library music, RAKAM conjures visions of nocturnal metropoles splashed with neon pink, gold and green. – Weird Canada