Montreal producer Antoine Bedard sets few collaborative limits when it comes to his side project, Montag. Going Places incorporates at least 17 guest artists even before reaching the ambitious final track. For example, in “I Have Sound,” Anthony Gonzales (M83) adds orchestral resonance; Ida Nilsen’s (Great Aunt Ida) cheery-sweet voice floats through the dreamy soundscape of “322 Water;” and indie rocker Amy Millan adds a steely edge to several blip and buzz laptop pop pieces.
This album could crack into pieces after such a collision of styles, and the result should feel more like a compilation than one artist’s vision. Fortunately, Bedard seamlessly blends it all. Even when Arcade Fire’s Owen Pallett crashes and burns with his silly “boy-on-boy” duet “Softness I Forgot Your Name,” the album recovers by the next song.
Then there’s the closing title track, allegedly the result of Bedard’s open call for sound clips. He delicately entwines submissions from 15 different countries, including Brazil, Sweden and Japan. It’s a charming idea made tangible through crackling parcels of sound and a murmur of exotic voices, like tiny examples of Bedard’s collaborative vision captured exquisitely in a single song. (Erika Fredrickson)
Montag plays the Palace Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 9 PM. $5.