Last night I watched an intriguing animated film called Anomalisa, directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. Filmed with stop-motion puppets, the film is based on Kaufman’s play of the same name, in which a lonely customer service expert perceives everyone as identical until he meets a unique woman in a Cincinnati hotel. The film explores themes of identity, consciousness, love, and the ‘unbearable loneliness of being’, with nods to the ‘Fregoli’ delusion (a psychological delusion in which the sufferer believes that everyone is one person in a mask or disguise). Striking both visually and sonically, Anomalisa is at once horrifying and hilarious, featuring ‘one of the most realistic sex scenes in film history’ despite being animated. It certainly struck a chord with me, and I loved the way is questioned the nature of reality and relationships, juxtaposing the real with the fantastical at every turn. It kind of reminded me of a band I saw at Break Out West, whose music similarly juxtaposes dreamlike soundscapes with earthy vocals and percussion. Ponteix are a francophone Canadian band, whose debut EP ‘J’Orage’ captures this sentiment perfectly. Particularly good is ‘Ghosts’, a sumptuous blend of dream pop and indie rock, with meandering guitar riffs, cosmic synths, and haunting vocal harmony. The lyrics (sung in French) are both otherworldly and romantic, as lead singer Mario Lepage howls ‘your soul, my soul in unison’ above the textural and enveloping sound world. Enjoy.