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Pont des Arts are a new name to me, and I suspect to you too. A duo consisting of Canadian's Barry Keighley and Hugh Little who inhabit 'a world where POP is not a dirty word' and - much more to the point - music that is ' awash in strum and jangle'. Yeah pick me. Canada seems to have an armlock on musicians specialising in good pop, so I suspect I have been somewhat 'softened up' Mind you, it wouldn't matter if I was that or my usual hard-boiled bitter-as-bile self, if the so called pop didn't do what pop is supposed to do - make me feel good.

Yes, or you...(sigh)

Pretty much the first thing I picked up from Poor Boy was an appreciation for the slickness of the production and mix, crystal clear sounds and textures, very nice job indeed. In fact, in both performance and production this is a neat piece of work and - if you like pop rock - this should go down a treat the next time you have a minute. All the time I was reviewing this, I kept being reminded of something and - as usual - my brain steadfastly refused to help my memory gather the relevant information. That's the problem with my body, it works on a 'need to know' basis obviously.

It wasn't quite 3AM in the morning but it was a 'wee hours' thing when it dawned on me, this sounds a bit like Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear The Reaper. Sure, it's a totally different song, and a totally different era even, but it terms of style (that relaxed lope and the jangly guitar) and even the way the vocals are pitched. If you are a fellow musician, about the only thing you would get from this is sick, it's that good. It's rare that you get music with all it's ducks in a row, and when you do, you need to treasure it. This is one such track, and probably a name to watch for in the future.

Excellent in all respects. Highly Recommended Pop rock.

Steve Gilmore RebelRiffs   http://rebelriffs.blogspot.com/2011/01/pont-des-arts-poor-boy.html

"What can I say about Pont des Arts, the enigmatic Canadian duo I stumbled across on the world wide web? As a freeform radio DJ, I get lots of inquiries this way, most of which aren't worth one point-and-click. "To my pleasant surprise, I found the loveliest tunes I'd heard in a long time. Though certain influences resonate (think Lotus Eaters, The Ocean Blue and poppier Cure), their sound is very much their own. Lush and layered with chiming guitars and synthesized effects, this record sounds at least 20 years old, both in style and production. There is a timeless sentiment, also, that takes one back – not just 20 years but perhaps to another century. A truly Romantic release."

“Rubberband Girl” Erin Prunchak, "Operations Manager/DJ, KALX Berkeley" - KALX 90.7 FM

"Ponts Des Arts is an Alternative pop duo from Toronto, Canada. It is a duo that does not take the term 'alternative' lightly. When their songs are listened to it sounds like nothing one has heard before, but at the same time comes off comfortable. Their mission is to bring the word 'pop' back into respectable viewing and take it to an age when it was sought after genre. The duo is defiantly into the art scene, so they would appeal to those who love taking art to a new level. Ponts Des Arts is a partnership that is now many years in the making, and a few reinventions of themselves to get where they are now. The songs may come off as almost dream scape in a way. They take the new wave movement pretty seriously and it shows. It is refreshing to hear a sound that is uniquely original. Songs I like are "Rue Marie-Claire Christine," and "Stay Away."

Paul Ruth - The Independent Music Scene

Groupe canadien, Pont des Arts nous livre une pop très agréable à écouter. Des mélodies calmes et sans superflu, limite berceuse dans “Halos”, mais qui font mouche tant elles sont pleines d'entrain.Avec un nom pareil, gageons qu'ils nous feront peut-être un jour une compo en Français ? Souhaitons-leur en tout cas bonne chance !

White Fox Radio

Easy breezy, fo' sheezy.  I'm thinking of late summer and chilling or strolling around town with the iPod and not a care in the world.  Evocative of one of my early 90s faves,  Saint Etienne , this CBC Radio 3 find is a duo consisting of Hugh Little {Lead Guitar, Vocals, Various Instruments, Pug } & Barry Keighley {Lead Vocals, Guitars, Other Instruments, Model Tanks }.

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