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If you want to bring home a meaningful souvenir from your trip to Montréal, you should seriously consider getting this album instead of furry hoodies. I always like to bring something locally made from my trips, but I can’t stand knick-knacks that were mass-made. I prefer to pick up books, magazines or albums from the places I visited, especially because I know they aren’t easy to find back home.
Think about Bonnie Prince Billy meeting up with Cat Power. Think about it as world music, even though it’s not really what you might expect from world music. Lhasa de Sela was born in Mexico, learned English, and then Spanish, and then came to Montréal and learned French. She speaks all three languages, and has no accent in any of them. Maybe because she’s apart, and because her songs are timeless, they seem like precious pieces made for eternity that speak to the heart and soul. Her songs are very intimate, yet universal, and I think that’s the beauty of it. For her self-titled album, Lhasa decided to stay in Montréal, and record it at home. It’s not really surprising, because she’s exactly what I love about the city; this tender mix of origins, not belonging to anything really, but just being yourself in your own way.