Matt LeGroulx plays his last show as Expwy tonight, so we spoke to him about the new/final Expwy record, his other music projects and the hazards of smooth jazz.
* Julius Caesar at Parc Lafontaine’s Calixa Lavallée Theatre
* Michael Martini’s Rose Quartz at MainLine Theatre
* The Norton Caravan of Stars at le Belmont
* Montreal act Expwy plays its last show at l’Escogriffe
* French DJ the Hacker drops in at the SAT
A new record by local act Chairs, led by Ian Jarvis, plus a new track by fake Frenchman Benoît Pioulard and the funniest video of the week by played grime guy Dizzee Rascal.
* Sale of artisan foodie stuff at La QV
* Dario Argento double bill at Cagibi
* Akufen EP launch at Laïka
* Urban Talesopens at Centaur
* Local indie-pop quadruple bill at Quai des Brumes
* Experimental improv throwdown at Casa
* Fonderie Darling fêtes fall season
* Anthrax and Testament at Metropolis
* Akoreacro’s Pfffffff in its last week
* Willis Earl Beal w/ Majical Cloudz and Expwy at Il Motore
* Brigitte Nielson Society opens La Jeune fille et la morve
* Harry Standjofski premieres August, An Afternoon in the Country
One of Montreal’s most interesting and prolific young composers is churning out sunny, warped, AM Gold nostalgia in relative obscurity out of his Pointe St-Charles home.
Montreal composer Matt LeGroulx has released five albums and one EP under his EXPWY (pronounced “Expressway,” or “Expweee” as some GPS devices say it) nom de plume since 2010, a continuation of what he was doing with his previous band, Tiny Iota. They’re all available for free on his bandcamp and there are more on the way as he’s currently taking time off work for paternity leave.
We’re not quite there yet, but we’ve come perilously close to the end of summer.
Thankfully, the third release of this calendar year from prolific local composer Matt LeGroulx (known as EXPWY, which you can pronounce as either Expressway or Expweeee, as some faulty GPS devices might) is a fresh slice of lo-fi tropical bliss that will evoke the same serene imagery in the dead of winter as it does right now.
From bigger names like Ariel Pink to a growing list of Montreal-based artists (Dirty Beaches, Each Other), there are more than a few individuals unreliably narrating our faint memories of AM Gold. Surf, psychedelic and bossa nova get their due here, but instead of precise facsimiles, LeGroulx presents them through a grainy, sepia-toned filter, so the final result is more akin to a hazy recollection. The slow-paced jingles recall my trip to Carillon beach as a child (now Parc Voyageur), sitting in the backseat and barely able to hear Oldies 990 on the radio due to the windows being rolled down.