What are they putting in the water up there in Montreal? The list of musicians from the city are impressive: Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Islands, Wolf Parade, and Chromeo, just to name a few. Be ready to add Coeur De Pirate, real name Beatrice Martin, to that list. Her debut album Coeur De Pirate, released only in Canada and Europe, was nominated for both a Juno Award and Polaris Prize. Since then, she’s worked with everyone from Kardinal Offishall to Bedouin Soundclash. With her new album, Blondes, Beatrice managed to get the talented Howard Silberman (formerly of Arcade Fire and producer for Wolf Parade) as co-producer to craft a refreshingly retro album reminiscent of 60’s French pop artists such as Marie Laforet. The first single, “Adieu,” uses handclaps, guitars, and drums to lift her compelling voice above the fray – and in the video, she proves herself to be more than just another tattooed manic pixie dream girl, destroying all those other women who might get in the way of her and her man. It’s a catchy pop song with just enough underlying tension to get itself stuck in your head (and maybe make you want to take a French class or two).