ELLIOT MAGINOT RELEASES COMRADES
BRAND NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR COMMON PLACE
Toronto, ON – November 2, 2018 – Elliot Maginot, seduced us with his 2015 debut release, Young/Old/Everything.In.Between. Now, the Montreal singer-songwriter bowls us over again with Comrades, his bountiful new offering that reveals the journey that Maginot has traveled – literally and figuratively – having given over 200 performances in ten countries, including Australia.
Co-produced by Maginot in close collaboration with Connor Seidel (Matt Holubowski, Coco Méliès, Soran), Comrades proposes rich atmospheres based on the artist’s agile and expressive voice. Oscillating between melancholy, hope and resignation, he observes the world around him and wonders about the ambient distress and uneasiness of his generation. From unattainable ideals, to the compromises to be resolved within – by way of the frailty of human relationships – his gaze is both lucid and sensitive.
From the spirited Common Place (Comrade I), with its lively rhythm, to the delicate Am I Here Now?, laid out for us on a sumptuous bed of chords and vocals, the album takes us into a world bordered by enchanting sounds. The saxophone arrangements that adorn some of the titles lend them a singular colour.
Gifted with an expressive voice capable of conveying the finest nuances, Maginot builds elaborate harmonies, never hesitating to summon his friends and singers, including Mélanie and Stéphanie Boulay, Sarah Bourdon, Ariane Brunet and Marie-Claudel Chénard, to punctuate the touching Eugene, inspired by his grandfather, the luminous Let Me In or even the rallying Second Light.
The singer-songwriter and author has the gift of concocting emotion-rich verses and unifying refrains that uplift and move you. With him, soft ballads (Stay Gold) and melodies tinged with a sweet sadness (Heart of Beauty)slide in among unrepentant 80s airs (Purging Days). Elliot Maginot reaches peaks of intensity in Call Your Mother, which passes from contemplation to a jubilant finale.
Elliot Maginot is accompanied on Comrades by Vithou Thurber-Promtep (piano, organ, voice), Émile Farley (bass, double bass), Mathieu Leguerrier (drums, vocals), Mariane Bertrand (cello, vocals), Nick Ferraro (saxophone) and Jesse Mac Cormack (steel drums).
November 17 – Montreal, QC – M For Montreal
November 23 – Quebec City, QC – Complexe Méduse
December 3 – Toronto, ON – Burdock
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