A hushed, steamy atmosphere: bodies, voices and harmonies intertwine, curl up against each other and cast a lasting spell. Marie-Pierre Arthur completely seduces us with her third opus, Si l’aurore, which was launched on February 16, 2015 in Quebec, on Simone Records. This time, the singer-songwriter plays with catchy melodies and draws from soft-rock and blue-eyed soul rhythms in order to highlight intimate, melancholic lyrics, romantic conversations carried by her dreamy voice into a sensual and groovy astral journey.
After two years on the road, a soft landing is necessary to write. Right away, I knew what kind of basslines I wanted to play on this project. That’s what drove everything else. Marie-Pierre once again shares music writing duties with her partner François Lafontaine, who also produced the album. In those foundations, one can feel influences from the music she listened to as a kid. The arrangements were then improved upon by her accomplices, i.e. her musicians. I called upon old friends, for nostalgia’s sake! Robbie Kuster, Louis-Jean Cormier, Olivier Langevin and José Major all appear at one point or another on the album’s ten tracks. The new core in the orbit of Si l’aurore consists of François Lafontaine, Joe Grass, Sam Joly, Nicolas Basque and Guillaume Doiron. The four-handed writing process with Gaële led to simple yet powerful lyrics. On Si l’aurore, we recognize a girl who likes to be part of a gang, an uninhibited musician who never denies herself the pleasure she has, in the studio as well as on stage, when she reconnects with her faithful collaborators. Fueled by their intensity and their madness, Marie-Pierre Arthur delivers music that is both joyful and strong, with a soft, airy voice.
Soon after being released, her sexy and danceable first single, Rien à faire became a radio staple… and an irresistible earworm.
A bassist trained in jazz singing, she accompanied many Quebec artists (Ariane Moffat, Stefie Shock, Mara Tremblay) before unveiling her own musical project in 2009, with a self-titled first album coproduced with François Lafontaine and Louis-Jean Cormier. She immediately stood out with her captivating folk-rock. The pretty Gaspésienne mastered the art of being a frontwoman and received several honors: the SPACQ’s André “Dédé” Fortin award for New Songwriter of the Year, the SOCAN’s Pop Song of the Year award for Pourquoi as well as three ADISQ nominations in 2009.
Same story for her second album, Aux alentours (2012 in Quebec and in France on the Polydor label): critics gave it rave reviews and fans couldn’t get enough. On stage, Marie-Pierre has fun with her musicians and their energy is contagious. Here and elsewhere, audiences are charmed by her rock performances, which take her to the largest European festivals (Printemps de Bourges, Francofolies de La Rochelle, Francofolies de Spa, Vieilles Charrues). She even earned a place on French magazine Les Inrocks’s Best Songs of 2012 list. Meanwhile, in Quebec, Marie-Pierre Arthur has become a key figure in the current music scene. She won the Félix-Leclerc award (2012). Aux alentours was nominated 5 times at the 2012 ADISQ gala, as well as being included on the prestigious Polaris Music Prize long list. It was a finalist for the 2013 Juno Award for Best Francophone Album and it was hailed as Best Pop Album at the 2013 Independent Music Awards. As for the Emmène-moi single, it was nominated for the Song of the Year audience award at the 2014 ADISQ gala.