Montreal's Montag (né Antoine Bédard) is a collage artist at heart, creating dreamy soundscapes out of tiny digital fragments of organic sounds (strings, vocals, woodwinds, percussion) that have been neatly julienned, the parts meticulously reassembled into featherweight ambient pop tunes.
For his follow-up to 05's Alone, Not Alone, Bédard focuses less on evoking a retro-cinematic mood and more on tightening his song structures, corralling likeminded artists to add (pastel) colour to his warm bedroom electronica. The cleaner, more cohesive skeletons mean Going Places feels like a proper pop album, not just aural wallpaper, particularly when Bédard plays with the organic-synthesized dialectic both sonically and thematically.
The cotton candy Klaus Nomi Mechanical Kids, with just enough backup from Amy Millan, is a standout, as is Softness, I Forgot Your Name, a he-said/he-said duet with Owen Pallett. Overall, the disc occupies al middle ground where Depeche Mode, Caribou, the Postal Service and Blonde Redhead drink absinthe.