Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – Today, French-Canadian multitalented-musician, Julien Manaud, announces that his new EP, Adaptation Vol. 2, will be releasing in the new year on Friday, January 15 via Lisbon Lux Records. Adaptation Vol. 2 follows the 2019 release of Adaptation Vol. 1, and again showcases Manaud performing covers of Lisbon Lux’s own catalogue of tracks from varied artists. Pre-save the EP here.

Manaud says of the record: “When my daughter was born, it was very difficult for her to fall sleep, and I had to relearn how to sing classical children's songs, but I got tired of traditional nursery rhymes very quickly. So, I started singing songs from the artists I work with to her. One night I started to play the piano to accompany my singing on these songs and I felt the urge to record them with a better pianist. I introduced the project to Alexis Dumais, who a few weeks, later presented some incredible arrangements to me. It was while listening to his proposal that I felt that we could make this record. I come from a background where I imagine music very arranged, with synthesizers, chords, choirs, guitars etc... I had to discipline myself a lot to keep this project only piano and vocals, without any other arrangements. The advantage of the piano/voice duo is that it is timeless, without any mark of time.”

Alexis Dumais joins Manaud on the three tracks following Save Me From Myself, featuring Lisbon Lux artists: Das Mörtal (Midnight Rendez-Vous), Kid Francescoli (Dirty Blonde) and HWYS (Beaches). On Dirty Blonde, Julien teams up with fellow labelmate, Laurence Giroux-Do, from Le Couleur, for a lovely rendition of the track. This stripped-down EP is intimate and personal – heightened by the added touch of piano on each track.

Earlier in November, Manaud released the EP’s lead single, Save Me From Myself, and today he shares the stunning official video for the track. Shot at Studio PM in Montreal, the video features a tasteful black and white scene with Manaud on vocals, accompanied by pianist, Alexis Dumais, who we saw on Adaptations Vol. 1. “The director, Adrian Villagomez, has a very clean and sober style, which I really appreciate. He knows how to capture moments while being very discreet. We regularly work with him for live recordings,” shares Manaud. Watch the video for Save Me From Myself here.

Get ready for Adaptation Vol. 2 and Julien Manaud’s enchanting renditions of these songs!

1. Save Me From Myself
2. Beaches
3. Midnight Rendez-Vous
4. Dirty Blonde ft. Laurence Giroux-Do

DOWNLOAD – hi res press photo | DOWNLOAD – album artwork

About Julien Manaud
Julien Manaud defines himself as a music cinematographer – both composer and musician, performer and also sound engineer, producer, editor, and manager. He has worn several hats in this industry since the start of his career. Manaud became known in Quebec in 2007 as the guitarist for the band Chinatown. He then pursued a career as a composer for for commercials, video games and TV shows, for a few years, but quickly realized that he missed album releases and performing at festivals. In 2013, he produced Voyage Love, Le Couleur’s first EP, and founded Lisbon Lux Records to market the album, while creating a different kind of lable with a precise artistic direction. Seven years later, Manaud has had a big role in the development of the careers of Quebec artists such as Le Couleur, Das Mörtal, Paupière and Bronswick, all of which resonate in Quebec but also abroad, laying down the groundwork for international exports; the hallmark of Lisbon Lux Records.