MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR ANNOUNCE VIRTUAL CONCERT TO CELEBRATE LAUNCH OF NEW ALBUM CONCORDE ON SEPTEMBER 17
Toronto, ON – August 19, 2020 – After the cancellation of over 20 shows, including South By South West and the Francofolies de Montréal, Le Couleur has been working hard to share their forthcoming album, Concorde, with fans in a live format in time for the fall season. A rare Franco-Canadian, Montreal- based band with a solid reputation in countries including The United States, Mexico, France and Brazil, Le Couleur wanted to provide a worldwide fanbase the opportunity to see them on stage in 2020.
With the album arriving on September 11 via Lisbon Lux, the group will share a unique, one-time concert on Thursday, September 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), which will take place exclusively online. This will also be an opportunity to discover the band's new formation, which now includes a six-person live setup.
By purchasing tickets online, the public will receive a private URL to attend the live show – tickets and info can be found here, with more event details on Facebook. Pre-order Concorde via Bandcamp and all digital platforms.
In addition, Le Couleur share a new performance from their At-Home series for Silhouette, the first single from Concorde. The track was inspired by Day of the Dead, celebrated by many cultures worldwide, where offerings are made to ancestors, in the hopes of being honoured in return, anchored in memory. The summery, tropical production echoes Le Couleur's love for vintage analogue keyboards. Previous live-at-home videos include those for singles, Femme and Silenzio. You can watch the video for Concorde (directed by Ariel Poupart) here.
With Exclaim! calling it a “disco epic,” Concorde’s latest single, Désert imagines lead vocalist, Laurence Giroux-Do, arriving on a film set in a sequined dress, discussing the desert, and death as a mirage ensnaring audiences in its net. The song is in two parts; first a sunny disco cruise, followed by a nostalgic ballad, which ends on a long guitar solo drawing from the dark and psychedelic side of the moon. Listen to Désert, and watch the lyric video here.
On the process of the live at-home series, Le Couleur shares, “We got ourselves an HD camera from the mid-2000s and did a home shoot. Everyone, except Laurence, were filmed in Le Couleur's recording studio. It took a week to record the whole thing because we did it one by one. The longest 25-minute show ever! We had no choice but to have Charlie, (Laurence and Steeven's child) for the Laurence shoot - due to the fact that the daycare was closed. She absolutely wanted to do everything her mum did (lie down, sing, play synthesizer, dance, etc…)."
Ariel Poupart, who directed the cinematic visual for the album’s title track, Concorde, edited the video. For Concorde, Poupart connected the album’s title to its namesake aircraft as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery. Watch the video, which has amassed over 125 K views, here.
About Le Couleur
The Montreal trio, created by Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (bass), and Steeven Chouinard (drums), and bolstered live by Philippe Beaudin (percussions) and Francis Do Monte (guitar, keyboards), delivers rich and irresistibly danceable performances. Concorde ushers in a new era for Le Couleur. After POP, an album defined by electronic and synthesized sounds, Concorde gets back to basics, recorded live in the studio, an album with a deliberately vintage sound, recalling the golden age of Serge Gainsbourg, ABBA, and even Fleetwood Mac. The term "electro" is no longer part of their pop sound vocabulary. Here, Le Couleur show a highly refined mastery of French chanson, with rich vocal harmonies, while making room for melancholy, sensual, and sometimes epic instrumental passages.
The distinct disco flavour, a hallmark of their sound from the very beginning, is still ever-present. This often lighthearted and danceable musical world is offset by Concorde's lyrics, which tackle death on every track. Whether it's a macabre fantasy based on the infamous Concorde airplane crash, collective suicide, or the Day of the Dead, singer Laurence Giroux-Do turns the taboo subject into crooning pop hymns, treated with perspective over a fleet-footed beat. Concorde is the place where 70s pop, psychedelic soundscapes, and straightforward and uninhibited French chanson come together.
Stay tuned for more from Le Couleur, and catch their live performance of the new album below.
CONCORDE ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT:
September 17 – Exclusive Livestreamed Performance – Tickets and Info