Single Saturdays: Alexe Gaudreault – Secret

French Canadian Alexe has a new single entitled Secret. It’s about a girl whose ex constantly lies to women he dates. She remembers his lies and hears about the same thing happening again with another woman.

The music is Pop with a catchy sound, similar to the classic style of French Music, especially Quebec Pop Music. It reminds me of two songs by Marie-Mai entitled Empire and Je Decole, with a slightly faster beat. The tempo of the sound is fantastic and smooth. It reflects the mood of the song perfectly.

Alexe’s voice is soft and low but with an attitude. She sounds like she dares to move on from a failed relationship, as well as points out to the ex that any women will figure out his lies.

The lyrics talk about a guy who continually cheats in his relationships, but one girl is clever and courageous to point it out to him. The metaphor of “reflet” (reflection) represents the reality that a mirror doesn’t hide. The symbol of the image is significant because she talks about not everything you see is what it seems. There’s a poetic flow to it. Alexe, Charles Guay, and Ryan Stewart wrote the lyrics with a freestyle way that gives this song essence.

The song Secret by Alexe is now available. Enjoy!

 

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Single Saturdays: Lili-Ann De Francesco – Au travers des ombres

Canadian singer Lili-Ann De Francesco has a single entitled Au Travers des Ombres (Across the shadows). It’s a love song about a girl who thinks about reuniting with her love but has reservations.

The music has a lovely smooth rhythm that is dream-like and romantic. John Nathaniel composed the song. There are stop-beats at times, then it switched to a natural flow. The combination of two is phenomenal, giving a nice touch to the composition.

Lili-Ann De Francesco, Mariane Cossette-Bacon, and John Nathaniel wrote “Au Travers des Ombres. The symbolism and metaphors give the song essence. The girl describes “being lost in thought”, which represents the chaos in her mind. Time is another symbol that demonstrates how it affects one’s life especially in the world of love. The shadows are a metaphor for obstacles that make it difficult to get back on track. The lyrics are well-written and structured in the following way AA BB. There’s movement in this song.

The song “Au Travers Des Ombres” is available. Enjoy!

 

Stéphanie Bédard’s First EP Ricochet

Canadian singer Stephanie Bedard has a new EP out entitled Ricochet. The overall theme is the journey through life, specifically discovering one’s identity.

The music is soothing and relaxing. It reminds me of what I hear when I go to a Spa or a rainforest. The first two songs, the piano has the dominant sound. The third tune has the same instrument, but with some parts where there’s the music of a guitar. The last song has a strong presence of the guitar- giving a rock and roll feel to it. The sound of this record reminds of Isabelle Boulay’s album Chansons Pour Les Mois d’hiver (Songs for the Winter Months).

Stephanie Bedard’s voice is soft and beautiful, with a lovely rhythm to it. Her style of singing reminds me of Isabelle Boulay and the late Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries. She has a dynamic to her voice.

The lyrics of each have a sense of contemplation in regards to life and personal growth. She makes use of metaphors and symbols to describe a variety of emotions, including love. The rhyme structure is the following AABB. It has a natural flow to it. Each song tells an individual story, but they interconnect like a journey through life.

The EP Ricochet is now available. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Olivier Dion – Kinda Love (French Version)

Canadian and Quebecois singer Olivier Dion has released a new single entitled Kinda Love. It’s a love story about a relationship that’s simple as well as beautiful.

The musical genre of this song is pop. The slow beat of the piano gives the tune a romantic feel to it. Plus there’s a nice “stop” effect that provides the song with an impressive touch. After the chorus, the beat of the music goes up in tempo, then back to slow, sleekly.

Olivier Dion’s voice is thick, smooth and rich. He knows how to reach the high note at the right moment. He sings in tune with the beat. When he sings “juste un regard me suffit” (Just one look is enough), he whispers. It’s impressive!

The lyrics are in French and English. The verses, Olivier Dion, sings in French, then the chorus in English. The switch from one language to another is flawless. There’s a use of symbols and repetition. The light (la lumière) is a representation of finding one’s way in life, especially a love of a significant other. The phrase “juste un regard me suffit,” is repeated for an effect of emphasis. The song Kinda Love is well-written.

Kinda Love (French Version) is now available. Enjoy!

Ingrid St-Pierre – Petite Plage

Canadian Singer Ingrid St-Pierre has released a new album entitled Petite Plage (A Little Beach). The overall feeling of this record is whimsical like a fairytale. There’s also a touch of personal experiences in this album.

The music in this album is soothing and relaxing. It even reminds me of the meditation albums, similar to the sounds from the works of Dan Gibson’s solitude. Ingrid St-Pierre composed her songs. When I listen to this record, I feel like I’m at a spa retreat or home, meditating. It sounds the Amazon rainforest at times, especially those of waterfalls. The main instruments heard in this album are the piano and the ukelele. he song Sac Banane featuring Heartstreets has incredible rap music that blends well with the soft sounds.

Ingrid St-Pierre’s voice is soft, almost like she’s whispering, even child-like. It’s sweet and comforting. It sounds rhythmic and flows naturally. She plays with the register of her voice, which can go low or high pitch.

The lyrics of the songs are poetic and romantic. The tunes of this album feel like fantasies or fairytales. The text is descriptive and detailed. It gives something for the imagination. Ingrid St-Pierre makes use of metaphors, repetition and other techniques to provide the songs with a “whimsical” effect.

My favourite songs on this album are À La Mer, Les Joalliers, and La Lumineuse (Une Lettre à Mon Fils).

Musical Discovery 2018: Jean-Michel Blais – 2 Incredible Albums!

2018 was an interesting year for music. I discovered from different countries and different musical genres.  The artist whose music captured my attention was Jean-Michel Blais.

The music for the two albums is soothing and relaxing. The composition of the two albums has excellent rhythm. The records Dans Ma Main & Eviction Sessions have songs with a sound that reminds me of the Amazon forest. The piano heard in the songs sounds beautiful. It’s like listening to a symphony, just like attending an orchestra or a musical performance at Place Des Arts.

 

Marie-Mai’s Latest Record “Elle et Moi”- A Dynamic Album!

French-Canadian singer Marie-Mai has released a new album entitled ‘Elle et Moi” (Her & I). This record feels like the most personal album for Marie-Mai. You can feel the raw emotions, which makes this album authentic.

The music is a mix of different genres: pop, electric and techno. The composition of the songs is impressive. Marie-Mai composed most of the songs along with Oliver Som and others. It’s a dynamic album with a complex, but structured composition. The tempo of the songs is a mix of slow and fast.
Marie-Mai’s voice is stronger than ever. One can hear the confidence in her voice when she sings, as well as raw emotion and strength. She performs in sync with the music.

The lyrics have a personal touch to them, which makes them authentic and relatable. Songs like Empire, Je Decolle (I take off), and Elle et Moi (Her & I) are examples of empowerment and self-confidence that are inspirational. Oser Aimer (Dare to Love) is a song that gives hope about finding love.
An example of a personal song is La Fin (The End), which refers to her separation from Fred St-Gelais (according to sources-including an interview on Radio-Canada). Exister is a song that Marie-Mai wrote most of the songs on her own. In some cases, she co-wrote songs with other artists, which is the case for the songs Elle et Moi and Un Pied Dans La Porte (A foot out the door). Koriass and Ingrid St-Pierre wrote Elle et Moi and Un Pied Dans La Porte, respectively.

The album Elle et Moi is now available. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Corneille -Tout Le Monde

Rwandan-Canadian singer Corneille has released a new single entitled Tout Le Monde (Everyone). It’s about identity and figuring out where one stands in society, to my interpretation. There’s also a sense of togetherness and solidarity.

The music has a rhythm that reminds me of African musical instruments, in the beginning. Overall, it’s a mix of R&B with a hint of Pop. The composition of this song is one that is unforgettable.
Corneille’s voice is vibrant and harmonious. He sings with rhythm and style.

Jusqu’au Bout-Robby Johnson’s First French Album!

Canadian Country star Robby Johnson has released a new album entitled “Jusqu’au bout” (till the end). This record covers the themes of love, heartbreak, and life in general.
Robby Johnson is originally from the Beauce region of Quebec. Historically, Francophone singers produce albums in French then go into the English music market. In this case, it’s the opposite, because he was singing in Country songs in English, as he lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

The music is French Pop, with a hint of Country, in my opinion. The guitar in the background reminds of the Country genre, for which Robby Johnson is known. The composition of this album is well-structured and smooth. This record has the classic style of French pop.

The lyrics are well-written. Robby Johnson sounds incredible when he sings in French. He has some songs where he sings in both French and English such as Au Bout de Nos Doigts (Alone Tonight) and Ou Ton Bonheur Sera (Where your happiness will be). He has one song that he sings in English entitled As Long As I’m With You.

Robby Johnson’s voice is rich and harmonious. It’s in sync with the music and the rhythm of the songs. He sings marvellously both in French and in English.

It is an incredible and dynamic album!