Pony Girl explores the tension between what we want and what we have on their sophomore album Foreign Life. Guy-girl pop vocals score the foreign lives we create when we cheat on a partner, lose a friend, force a smile, and further divides separating fantasy from reality. Pascal Huot and Yolande Laroche’s alluring harmony is our paradox as we struggle to close the distance.
Cascading guitars, pulsing beats, and electronic hums colour these stories with extraordinary kaleidoscopic twists and turns. Chords punctuate thoughts. Silences make regret linger. Strings swell with emotion. Foreign Life is a soundtrack to our common memory so vivid, so raw, so urgent that to listen is to relive.
The Ottawa collective have been lauded for their “evocative soundscapes” (CBC Radio), “ability to push the boundaries that define ‘pop-rock’” (Mixtape Magazine), and “musical depth quite astonishing to experience” (Exclaim!) since the release of their debut album, Show Me Your Fears, in 2013. Audiences have been mesmerized by their sets at festivals including Ottawa Bluesfest, CityFolk, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Arboretum, and on several tours of Eastern Canada. Pony Girl released Foreign Life through So Sorry Records on November 7, 2015.
By Jill Krajewski
"9/10. Foreign Life is Pony Girl's best work yet." — Exclaim!
"So beautiful." — Ride the Tempo
"Wonderful, detailed production." — Ottawa Showbox
"Otherworldly." — Quick Before It Melts
"Evocative, dreamy, mesmerizing." — Electric City Live
"The band's sound has swelled and matured, playing on the dynamics of loud and softer moments for a well-groomed soulfulness that still has teeth." — CBC Ottawa
"On day 3 I decided to check out a local band that I had been hearing about for some time... The expressive dance moves of Laroche while singing and playing the clarinet were mesmerizing and were the first reason I took out my camera during the festival. I know not everyone is into that 'artsy' type of music but Pony Girl ended up drawing quite a large crowd even while big acts, like J. Cole, were playing the main stage... the support that crowd gave was one for the books." — Ride the Tempo
"Folktronica is the kind of genre-mash that you think is a terrible idea until you hear it work." — Killer Baby Tomatoes
"Each note is inhabited with meaning, chasing not just a sound, but also a reason for its particular existence." — Grayowl Point
"Cinematic and intense." — Ottawa Magazine
"Foreign Life generously rewards multiple spins." — CBC Music
"They are collectors, I think, in the midst of a divestment. Riddlers in many-kinded garments, giving it all away." — Said The Gramophone
"Pony Girl is one of the most interesting bands to cross The Halifax Musicphile’s path since the blog’s inception." — The Halifax Musicphile
"The band makes this mastery of textures sound effortless." — CBC Hamilton
"Quite astonishing to experience in person." — Exclaim!
“In pedestrian terms, they’re ‘artsy’. In musical terms, they’re astonishing.” — The Revue
"There are musicians and there are musicians. I think Röyksopp & OSI had a baby that was raised by Sigur Rós & Little People." — Ottawa Showbox
“It’s possible to totally fall for a singer’s voice after listening to just one song, one time.” — Ottawa Tonite
“Wonderful... If their concert is any indication, the album promises to be a harmonious and intricate offering.” — Apartment 613
“Showing off the band’s ability to push the boundaries that define ‘pop-rock’ the album creates something inherently cinematic. Listeners will hear unique boy/girl harmonies, delicate guitar licks, varied instrumentation, intense rhythms and tight arrangements that create a fluid flow of emotional response.” — Mixtape Magazine
"...[Pony Girl] have never met a tone-colour they couldn't say no to – what's more they have found the perfect context for each, mixing an intoxicating array of instruments, voices, textures, and ideas on an aural canvas as wide as Canada." — ONMC
“I'm proud to say one of the most intriguing records I've heard so far this year has come from my hometown.” — Music Notes
Pascal Huot — Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electronics, Lyrics, Vocals
Julien Dussault — Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electronics, Vocals
Yolande Laroche — Clarinet, Vocals
Greggory Clark — Bass
Jeff Kingsbury — Drums, Marimba, Percussion
Mitch Cousineau — Electric Piano, Piano, Synth
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