by Bill Pearis

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As mentioned, Montreal's Jef Barbara is set to release his second album, Soft to the Touch, next week (9/30) via Club Roll Music. Blurring genre and gender lines, Jef skips between minimal electro, shimmering and ethereal guitar pop, skronky new wave with forays into glam and krauty bachelor pad music -- all with élan and wit. Some of which is in French. The record also makes time for a duet with onetime Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier ("Chords"). You don't have to wait a week to hear it, though, as a stream of the whole album is making its debut in this post.

Jef doesn't have any North American dates at the moment but is about to head to Europe. Those dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.

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Jef Barbara - 2013 Tour Dates
Sep 26 La Cartonnerie Reims, France
Sep 27 Le Point EphemèreParis, France
Sep 28 BernardazziOdessa, Ukraine
Oct 06 Litterature, Love Etc. Festival Closing Party - Le RougeLille, France
Oct 10 VillaManuela FestivalMadrid, Spain
Oct 12 Bad Bonn w/ Daedelus Dudingen, Switzerland
Oct 17 Das Werk w/ Geneva Jacuzzi Vienna, Austria
Oct 18 Urban SpreeBerlin, Germany
Oct 19 Pilot ClubPrague, Czech Republic
Oct 23 Cafe KulturalnaWarsaw, Poland