I just got home from South by Southwest (SXSW), the massive music festival in Austin, Texas, and one of my favorite finds from it was this band. Chic Gamine is a Montreal/Winnipeg-based 5-piece with a great retro R&B/soul sound. Four women – Ariane Jean, Andrina Turenne, Alexa Dirks, and Annick Brémault – sing vocal harmonies, while Sacha Daoud provides the beat on drums.
Just listen to the opening notes of their song “Closer” in this video and tell me you’re not hooked.
Chic Gamine – Closer
Gorgeous, right? The modern doo-wop sound reminds me of Lauryn Hill. The group has their first official U.S. release coming sometime in early 2012, so keep your ears out for that. In the meantime, check out another track – “Days & Days” below.