I’m not sure if it’s the law of attraction or just a series of happy accidents, but I’ve recently come across a number of acoustic-folk-electronica hybrids lately that have blown me away. The latest in this delightful trend is Fire/Works, a duo from Montreal, and their lovely song “Elephants.” Acoustic guitar and what sounds like a herd of electronic elephants traipsing across the wilds are joined by gentle harmonizing, folklore-flavored storytelling that unveils a magical tale, celebratory accordion and propelling percussion. This then leads into a full-on whimsical, enchanting and slightly edgy woodland extravaganza. “Anything can happen in the forest.” Indeed.
Fire/Works is Jonathan Peters and David Lagacé with a cornucopia of acoustic instruments and exotic sounds. Appropriately, this partnership had its beginnings in a remote cabin in the woods. Their name arose naturally from the heady combination of an open camp fire, fresh air, creativity and beer. Their musical influences include Bon Iver, Timber Timbre, Radiohead and Feist. Their debut 5-track EP was released in 2011. There was the full length Grand Voyageur in 2012 and the follow-up, Shenanigans, in 2014. If you like what you hear, you can buy it on iTunes. They have a show coming up at Divan Orange in Montreal on June 14.