HUBERT LENOIR – “SI ON S’Y METTAIT”
July 2, 2018
Polaris Music Prize Long List nominated album Darlène comes complete with a set of over a dozen genre-describing tags. From glam rock, to psychedelic rock, to jazz, to R&B, this album defies categorization. The ultimate standout track however is the grand finale to this stunning concept album. “Si on s’y mettait” will leave you resisting the urge to sway your arms back and forth in the air while melting into Lenoir’s dreamy Marc-Bolan-cum-Rufus-Wainright vocals. If you happen to be in the area on July 5, be sure to catch Lenoir at the Festival d’Été de Québec.
The “Darlène” projet consists of a novel by Noémi D. Leclerc as well as a concept album written and produced by Hubert Lenoir. Best friends and life partners, Leclerc and Lenoir each wrote singly before discovering they were in actuality telling the same story. Darlène saw the light of day in less than a year thanks to a combination of hard work, upheavals, successes, insomnia and fast food. It speaks of emancipation and love. Mutual friend Gabriel Lapointe honed his artistic talents by illustrating a film as well as creating a series of accompanying artwork.
PE Beaudoin: drums,percussion
Cédric Martel: bass
Vincent Gagnon: piano, keyboards, synth
André Larue: saxophone,clarinet
Simon Kearney: guitar
Vincent Lamontagne: guitar
Dasha Maily: background vocals
Alexandre Martel: guitar, synth
Julien Chiasson: synth, piano, keyboards, guitar, percussion, background vocals
Ben Shampouing: guitar
Jean-Étienne Collin Marcoux: congas
Hubert Lenoir: lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, synth, percussion, background vocals
Bio translated from https://hubertlenoir.bandcamp.com/
Road to Polaris
The “Road to Polaris” Track of the Day series will highlight one of the 40 exceptional albums nominated to the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Long List. On July 17, ten of these albums will be nominated to the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List, with the 2018 Polaris Music Prize being announced at the Gala on September 17. Congratulations to all 40 artists whose albums have been nominated this year. For more information on the Polaris Music Prize read our feature “Behind Closed Doors – What’s Behind The Polaris Music Prize Grand Jury“.