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Chalk it up to their shared backgrounds as studio and touring musicians for other artists, but Milk & Bone’s Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin have mastered the art of the quiet power. Even though they’ve officially stepped into the spotlight, they’re not in-your-face or overly showy — and we love them for it. Because, you know it, the Montreal duo will take over your eardrums with their gorgeous, brooding sound.
Almost a year after they dropped their breakout track “Coconut Water,” the pair have a blissed-out album under their belt (Little Mourning) and a prestigious Polaris Prizenomination to their name. The day after they found out the news, we caught up with Poliquin over the phone to chat about discovering their sound and their places spots to shop.
Milk & Bone was just nominated for the Polaris Prize, which is huge—congrats!
Thanks, we’re so excited. It’s funny because we released our album in March. So being so recent, we had no expectations on being nominated. On the day they were supposed to announce the nominees, our PR told us that the list was going to come out – we never thought it would be us! We freaked out and basically jumped around for a half hour.
How did you guys first meet up and start playing music together?
We both met in school, where we were studying music at the time. We ended up being hired on the same tour for another artist, where we were backup singers and musicians for other bands. We got to know each other a lot better, but it was never intentional to start a band. We started working together and build a sound. It just happened to become a band because of the amount of work we put into it and the amount of fun we were having!
How did you develop your sound? The process was super natural. We have very different writing techniques but similar references. We both listen to a lot of the same vibes – when it came to working on our own sounds, we immediately agreed. Right now we love Jamie xx’s new album, The Japanese House, and this band Seoul from Montreal.
You both definitely have a cool, distinct look onstage. How does that reflect your own personal styles? When we’re onstage, we don’t want to feel like we’re characters. Because we’re going to be in front of people we want to look good, but we are still ourselves. Laurence loves to wear overalls onstage, which she loves in real life, too. The difference now is when we shop for clothes, we know what is going to be for stage. It’s a little bit more polished.
Where are your favorite places to shop? I put all my trust into one store in Montreal called Ibiki. The owner goes to Korea several times a year to discover new designers and bring stuff back. They have a lot of Comme des Garcons and Acne, which I love. We both love Aritzia a lot, too – we get a bunch of our stage outfits there.
For people who’ve never been there, what would you say is your must-do thing in Montreal? What we love about Montreal is the vibe of it. It’s about the people and who you see walking down the street. Getting lost is really inspiring there. A lot of the tourists go to the Old Montreal, which is fine, but the soul of the city has departed from there. I’d recommend going to the The Plateau Mont-Royal or the My Land area.