Premiere: Montreal’s Population II ready new album with the intense ‘Pourquoi qu’on dort pas’

There’s no language barrier with Montreal trio Population II, so don’t worry if you can’t speak French – the Francophones serve up enough intensity to get the meaning across. They’ve been building up toward the release of their new album Électrons libres du québec for a few months at this point, but its release is imminent, and they’ve decided to share its closing track as the album’s final single.

Entitled ‘Pourquoi qu’on dort pas’, the song’s roots lie in psychedelia and the minor scales beloved of heavy metal. It’s also got Colin Fisher and his saxophone all over it with a bunch of jazzy chords and shifts thrown in for good measure. Along with the other two singles from the record – not to mention their previous album was released on John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records in 2020 – their latest is shaping up to be quite a journey.

‘Pourquoi qu’on dort pas’ is out tomorrow, but we’re premiering it below; Électrons libres du québec arrives on Friday via Bonsound.

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