Twelve years after the release of their last studio album Les chemins de verre, cult Montreal band Karkwa spring a surprise with a new single, announcing at the same time the release of an album on September 8. The quintet formed by Stéphane Bergeron (drums), LouisJean Cormier (guitars and vocals), François Lafontaine (keyboards), Martin Lamontagne (bass) and Julien Sagot (percussion), marks its return with Parfaite à l’écran.
A legacy that still resonates.
Formed in 1998, Karkwa explored before finding their musical identity, which was confirmed in 2005 with the release of their second album, Les tremblements s’immobilisent. Karkwa won instant critical and public acclaim, forging a reputation as a live band.
2008 saw the release of Le volume du vent, a more orchestral and irresistibly soaring opus. In 2011, Karkwa’s seminal Les chemins de verre won the prestigious Polaris Prize for best album of the year in Canada, becoming the first – and so far only – all-French album to win the honor. In 2012, the band released a live album and took a break, each member devoting themselves to personal projects.
Fourteen years of influencing the Quebec musical landscape has left its mark: a multitude of awards, including a dozen Félix (Quebec’s equivalent of the trophies won at the Victoires de la musique) and several hundred concerts, including Canadian and North American tours, as well as numerous visits to Europe. The year 2023 finally marks the reunion of Karkwa, with an album due at the end of the summer and a tour of just a few dates.