Named for an infamous — and recently burned down — local landmark, Montreal indie-folksters Motel Raphael are local darlings about to set the world ablaze.

Made up of Clara Legault (vocals and electric guitar), Emily Skahan (vocals and acoustic guitar), Maya Malkin (vocals and electric guitar), Robin Warner (bass), Afolabi Fapojuwo (drums), Livia Morris (trumpet) and Dane Stewart (vibraphone), the crew of tambourine-rattlers have packed all local festivals — Pop Montreal, and the Fringe Fest, the Ottawa Folk Fest, among others — and have gained a national army of eager fans through CBC Radio airplay of their single “Ghosts“.

All this despite only being around for a year!

Anyone who talks about “Ghosts” is obligated to mention the three-piece vocal harmonies from the three leads. If melting chocolate had a sound, this lush, bluegrass-tinged, “Female Fleet Foxes” hat-tip (as they put it themselves, in an interview) would be it.

It’s undoubtedly the standout element of a solid group.Combined with the group’s dynamic stage presence and stylish look, the sound makes Motel Raphael an appealingly warm, trendily twee, polished pop-country package. Frankly, they were made for radio — they could create a continuum between the Wailin’ Jennys and Feist in any CanCon countrified crooner playlist.

That all said, now’s the time to hop on the bandwagon! Right now, Motel Raphael are in the middle of Kickstarter crowdfunding their debut CD, set to be put in motion the minute their campaign reaches $5,000. With only a week left to the campaign, Motel Raphael should have no trouble clearing the goalposts, but anyone who’s in love with Raphael’s rhapsodies should get their wallet ready for the sweet campaign perks. To keep tabs on Motel Raphael, check out their Facebook as well.

We leave you with their debut video for “Ghosts”. Haunting harmony, don’t you think? Eh? Eh?? Is this thing on??

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLR7mQyVvH4[/youtube]

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