The album is multifaceted but thematic throughout. ‘Russian Dolls’ is haunting and full of emotion. Yet simultaneously there is an element of indefinable controlled chaos, developing upon his mold of flowing rhapsodies and South African style folk music. In ‘Russian Dolls’ Berube also draws from the primary stimuli of classic psychedelic rock and the beginnings of electronic music, they fit effortlessly together on this album, creating a sonic medley that entirely incorporates the songwriter's fortes.
‘Russian Dolls’ was released on November 5 2013 through Bonsound. It was recorded at Breakglass Studios in Montreal and produced by Jace Lasek (the Besnard Lakes, Wolf Parade). Moog-heavy synth extravagances (wait for it on "The Good, the Bad, and the Photograph") and staccato piano assaults (Russian Dolls, the track) pepper themselves throughout the album. The soft intricate playing of cellist and autoharpist Kristina Koropecki is also expertly woven throughout the album's 11 elaborate tracks.
This album is a culmination of years of looking and finding and expanding. Mark Berube is sure to leaver his eclectic mark on Canadian music. Of course you should probably just listen to the album yourself:
Review by: Gideon Greenbaum-Shinder
Courtesy of Round Table Radio