Béatrice Martin, also known as Coeur de Pirate, is done with the blame game. Alongside the release of her latest album, Roses – her first written in both French and English – comes a newfound maturity for this 25-year-old Québécois chanteuse. “I was so busy pointing the finger at other people in my previous records. I saw music as a means to get back at people and that wasn’t smart.”
With over one million records sold, Martin has spent the majority of the last decade growing up in the public eye, having experienced her fair share of toxic relationships, finding true love and becoming a parent along the way. Indeed, life looks very different now for Martin than it did in 2008, when she made her solo debut. “Becoming a parent, as corny as it sounds, does shape you as an artist and a songwriter,” she explains. “It definitely helped me clean up my act and push away whatever negativity I had before.”
Writing in English wasn’t without its challenges for Martin. “I had one song, ‘Oceans Brawl’, that was in English. I realized I couldn’t have just one song in English, so I wrote a couple more. I didn’t know if they were any good, though. I had to get them proofread just to make sure my poetry was alright.”
But the truth is, whether you speak English, French or something different altogether, Martin’s haunting vocals and skills as a pianist allow her to effortlessly transcend language barriers. And Roses is no exception. Featuring lush arrangements and evocative, almost cinematographic production, it’s arguably her boldest, most captivating effort to date.
It’s also her first release in nearly four years – and Martin’s legions of fans are already looking forward to what she’ll do next. “I’d like to integrate more dancehall rhythms to what I’m doing, but keeping the piano. I’ll see where that goes,” she says, laughing. “I’m open.”
A few years ago, Danielle McTaggart was ready to throw in the towel on her music career. Now she and her husband, Drew, make up the powerhouse duo known as Dear Rouge and have two full-length albums and a Juno to their name. Known for their hook-driven tracks—and being “the nicest couple in Canadian music”—Dear Rouge just dropped their sophomore LP, Phases. The record recounts a season of emotional extremes for the couple, including winning the 2016 Juno for Breakthrough Group of the Year, and losing a loved one. We caught up with Danielle over the phone to talk about finding joy in music again, and the personal and public significance of Phases. G—On your website, you describe your style as “sinewy, hook-driven indie rock”. Where did that particular style evolve from? DM—I was always very into hook-y music with beautiful melodies. I grew up listening to The Carpenters and they have beautiful melodic parts, but I also always loved harder music and really rock-driven music. Bands like Metric or Yeah Yeah Yeahs or St. Vincent were hugely motivating for me, and I loved that these frontwomen were powerhouses. They’re very confident and trying to push the boundaries while
What do you get when you combine the start of a worldwide tour and the release of a highly-anticipated album on the same day? Ask Lord Huron’s founder and frontman, Ben Schneider, and he’ll say a pretty damn exciting journey ahead. The band’s third album, Vide Noir, released April 20, is already receiving accolades for its raw, lyrical storytelling from songs like “Wait by the River” and “When the Night is Over”. To engage fans at a deeper level, the band plans on creating immersive experiences that elevate the album’s narratives. Lord Huron’s tour includes a stop at Toronto’s Sony Centre on July 25, and at Osheaga in Montreal on August 4. Schneider spoke to us about his love of storytelling, Raymond Chandler influences, and what it was like working with Flaming Lips’ producer David Fridmann. G—You grew up in Michigan. Is that where your interest in music began? BS—There was always music on at our house, and I remember imagining the people the songs were about. The storytelling of songs is what’s always captured me most. As time went on, I was able to convince my parents to let me play bass in the orchestra, which led to me
Morgan Saint was born into a creative life. Upon growing up in Mattituck, NY with a family of musicians on her mother’s side and parents who worked in interior design, Saint graduated from Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, where she has lived for the past six years. With a major in illustration and a focus on photography and graphic design, Saint has executed a clear vision of her musical artistry. In 2017, at the age of 23, Saint released her debut EP, 17 Hero, on Epic Records. She is a storyteller at heart, combining all of her talents to reveal her narrative as truthfully as possible, one vignette at a time, as seen in all three of the EP’s videos, “Glass House”, “You”, and “Just Friends”. She co-produced each glossy, beautifully choreographed, and high-definition clip with Nathan Crooker, but the lyrics are all hers. They come from personal places yet are vague enough to be relatable. Her electronic pop is lo-fi, but you’ll most likely find yourself snapping your fingers to it. As Saint prepared for a sold-out show supporting Missio in Austin, Texas, Georgie connected with her to discuss coming into her own as a songwriter and