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A Wider Space
Don't Fix Me Yet - Single
Une pop cascadeuse, des mélodies en arabesques féériques, des arrangements au souffle impressionnant [...]
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One of 5 Canadians Bands To Listen To Right Now NYLON
Ils ont un son qui peut vraiment voyager, et leur deuxième album est encore meilleur que le premier. C’est de la très bonne pop orchestrale. Émilie Perreault, 98,5fm
Montreal-based orchestral indie pop sensation Groenland just released their sophomore album, produced by Marcus Paquin. Combining lead singer Sabrina Halde's soulful vocals and lush string arrangements with a daring mix of electro and organic instrumentation, Groenland's unique musical universe becomes a lively, joyous sing-along-filled celebration on stage.groenlandband.com
Groenland's new album A Wider Space was released on September 16th, 2016 via Bonsound.
The title of this sophomore effort, A Wider Space, expresses Groenland’s entry into a new era, one that is more significant and vast than the previous. The two-plus years of touring across both Canadian and European soil brought to light various questions at the heart of the band. They decided that they needed to continue both their music and human evolutions by working on the group’s inner-harmony. I might be the one to place / All my eggs into one basket / But it still feels like my best bet, sings Halde on the album’s opening track, Nothing Personal.
While their debut album The Chase, which was praised by the public and sold over 32k copies in Canada since its release in April 2013, depicted people and anecdotes with lightness, A Wider Space is more personal and realistic. The new LP bears witness to the darker sides of adventure, the flip side of touring. It’s a manifesto about what follows the euphoria felt at the beginning of an adventure, the band explains. The lyrics speak of anxiety, fear, survival, acceptance and the courage to see yourself in the most vulnerable way.
However, A Wider Space is not a downbeat album. Producer Marcus Paquin (Local Natives, Arcade Fire, The National, etc.) made good use of Groenland’s creative forces. Still guided by Sabrina’s powerful vocals and punctuated by exuberant orchestral arrangements, these ten new songs daringly mix electro and organic elements. From the surprising sax solo on Healing Suns to the comforting ukulele on the title track, A Wider Space reflects the band’s newly-found maturity and recalls the joie de vivre closely associated with Groenland’s performances since the very beginning.
The Chase is the debut album from Montreal’s orchestral indie pop band Groenland, led by Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque, and was released on Aprll 16th, 2013, via Bonsound. With 30K copies sold and counting since its release and 45K downloads of their single Immune as free Single of the Week on iTunes Canada, the opus received several nominations such as Album of the Year - Anglophone at the ADISQ awards.
The Chase is the pursuit of an ideal, the desire to be in constant evolution, our tendency to put ourselves in danger to understand what we're made of, explains Sabrina. It's also about taking risks, for our own self, alone or with someone.
Charming audiences everywhere for over two years, Groenland took on Europe once again in the spring 2015, with shows in Germany, France, Netherlands and UK. Previously, the band has performed in numerous festivals and has played alongside renowned artists such as St. Vincent, Local Natives, Mac DeMarco and Half Moon Run.
In 2013, Groenland toured across Canada while giving unforgettable performances at Osheaga and at M for Montreal and were also invited to play at the Festival Off-Courts in Trouville-sur-mer (France). This past year, the band was invited to perform at several events such as the Showcase and Celebration of Canadian Musican Excellence (Canadian Grammy Night in LA), the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany and at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Recently, Apple has chosen their song Our Hearts Like Gold for an iPad ad narrated by none other than Martin Scorsese, which premiered during the Academy Awards. The sextet’s music has also been placed in TV shows The Good Wife (CBS) and Les beaux malaises (TVA), as well as a Canadian iPhone/Bell ad.
The band's sophomore effort, A Wider Space, was released on September 16th, 2016.
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