While maintaining the lowest of profiles, Montreal’s Matt LeGroulx has been steadily self-releasing collections of pop songs with classicist flair and a productivity rate that rivals Robert Pollard. The fuzzed-out glam boogie and neo-tropicalia of his album Bag of Waters first caught my ear this April, and in just three months time he’s followed it up with both an EP and this genre-exercise of a full-length.
Little Hand Fighter is a wholly understated affair, dipping into breezy bossa nova in a style reminiscent of Cibo Matto and Mutations-era Beck. Swooning strings, shakers and nimble guitars set the backdrop for LeGroulx’s plainspoken vocals across 28 minutes of easy listening vibes. It’s definitely an enjoyable and successful experiment, but I’m crossing my fingers that he brings back the Os Mutantes riffs on his next offering. At least we probably won’t have to wait long.