May 20, 2024

Police Des Mœurs – Commencement (Album – L’Offre Et Le Demande)

🇺🇦 Side-Line stands with Ukraine - Show your Support

Genre/Influences: Electro-Wave, Post-Punk.

Format: Digital, Vinyl.

Background/Info: Police Des Moeurs is a Canadian formation driven by Francis Dugas and Manuelle Gauthier. The band has been busy for a while and has previously released four albums on Mannequin. “Commencement” is their first new opus in four years.

Content: I wasn’t familiar with this band and discovered an album that took me back in time. The 80s Cold-Wave inspiration is running through “Commencement” and is accentuated by icy, synth, arrangements. There’s a minimal touch running through the album as well while all vocals have been sung in French. Some passages might remind you of Kas Product.

+ + + : I first of all like the name of this project which can be translated as ‘vice squad’. Sound-wise the album doesn’t bring anything new and yet the retro-sound has a  refreshing aspect. I also like the minimal approach of the production but the main strengths are for sure the icy strings and sound sculptures which are mainly coming through at “Soif”. Last but not least I like this type of female vocals expressing less emotion.

– – – : The work is featuring a few outstanding cuts but unfortunately also a very few uninspired and flat cuts.

Conclusion: Police Des Mœurs has accomplished a promising album which gets us back in time and yet it has a refreshing, sexy, touch.

Best songs: “Soif”, “Cantique”, “Fatigue”, “Commencement”.

Rate: 8.


author avatar
Inferno Sound Diaries
I have been working for over 30 years with Side-line as the main reviewer. My taste is eclectic, uncoventional and I prefer to look for the pearls, even if the bands are completely unknown, thus staying loyal to the Side-Line philosophy of nurturing new talents.

Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can - and we refuse to add annoying advertising. So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive.

If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.

The donations are safely powered by Paypal.

Select a Donation Option (USD)

Enter Donation Amount (USD)

Verified by MonsterInsights