Love is in the air [Artist of the Week: Armistice]
Sometimes, everything happens for a reason — especially in love and war. Armistice, today’s Artist of the Week, whose name means “a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties truce,” is a perfect example of this.
When Vapor and Coca-Cola teamed up in 2009 to create the Canadian version of their “Open Happiness” song, we had no idea that we’d be playing matchmaker. Little did we know that two of the three artists we selected to work on the project would not only begin working together musically, but release an EP and (fitting with the Valentine’s season!) become a real-life couple. We feel just like Cupid knowing that Jay Malinowski (of Bedouin Soundclash) and Beatrice Martin (better known by her stage name of Coeur de Pirate)’s first meeting at Studio Vapor has turned into much, much more.
A year and a half later, Martin has lent her vocals to a track on Bedouin Soundclash’s most recent album, and her partnership with Malinowski has grown into the full-fledged musical project titled ‘Armistice’. In another happenstance of perfect timing, their debut self-titled EP was released this Valentine’s Day week. Recorded in Los Angeles with the assistance of backing band The Bronx’s Mexican mariachi stylings, the result is unexpected, eclectic and heartwarming combination of sounds – the perfect tunes to accompany cold-weather snuggles with those you love.
“Western spaghetti meets swingjazz and doowop inflected voices,” wrapped up in Coeur de Pirate and Bedouin Soundclash’s quintessential indie pop/singer-songwriter styles.
“Coeur de pirate’s Beatrice Martin and Bedouin Soundclash’s Jay Malinowski are the new duo Armistice. If someone out there is filming a spaghetti western that ends with hand-holding — instead of a shootout — at sundown, get these two to write the soundtrack.”
“The unusual duo’s first release is an eponymous five-song mini-album that can best be described as singer-songwriter fare with a Mexican mariachi vibe. It is set to hit virtual and bricks-and-mortar stores on Tuesday. The disc is an endearing collection that marries the folkier side of Malinowski’s songwriting style to Martin’s oh-so-Euro vocals with a Mexican spaghetti-western flavour thanks to the presence of the Bronx, an L.A. punk band with mariachi leanings.”
— Montreal Gazette
Watch the Behind the Scenes video for the recording of Coca-Cola’s “Open Happiness”