Here are the new musical releases that caught our attention in June.
Since April, Charlotte Cardin has been gradually revealing what her second album will look like, which is scheduled for release on August 25. After the Looping excerpts and the English and French versions of Confetti, it is the turn of the title track of this new opus, 99 Nights, to land on streaming platforms. Resolutely nostalgic, this song with its bewitching chorus and its synthesizer notes will have the effect of a balm on the hearts of lovers whose relationship is wavering. A comforting piece that we will want to listen to again and again while waiting for the full album at the end of the summer.
Spanish star Rosalía taps into reggaeton on her latest track, Tuya, a carnal song meant to turn up the heat on the eve of summer. Pursuing further her sound explorations sometimes tinged with flamenco heard on her album Motomami, here she poses her high-pitched voice on a clubbed rhythm and also a melody shelled on the koto, a traditional Japanese plucked string instrument associated with kabuki and bunraku. His song is accompanied by a clip shot elsewhere in Japan.
In 2021, the most popular of the Gros Quatre groups launched The Metallica Blacklist, which brought together no less than 53 covers imagined by other artists of the 12 songs included on its legendary black album. But this collection certainly didn’t contain a version of The Unforgiven as bewitching as the one, in Inuktitut, revealed this week by Elisapie (and which allowed her to carve out a place on the platforms of Rolling Stone magazine). Could the singer perform it in August with the four metal veterans during their visit to the Stadium? Elisapie already has, in any case, a kind of connection with the guitarist Kirk Hammett, whom she interviewed on the airwaves of the radio station of Salluit, TNI, when she was only 15 years old. We can’t wait for this piece of archives to be unearthed!
Rock drenched in the nostalgia of the golden years of Mötley Crüe, Poison and Kiss: that’s the recipe for this Montreal band. And all in French. Unpretentious rock with a kitsch side so assumed that we can only love. The piece Montagne bleue can be listened to in the car, the windows rolled down, the sunglasses on the tip of the nose and the hair in a soft cut (Longueuil cut) flying in the wind. Jerky electric guitar, drums in the foreground, two small flights of synthesized notes… and this voice – which becomes robotic in the style of Normand Brathwaite on Tears of Metal… what a beautiful flash! – which launches: “700,000 trucks that burn diesel, to transport all our little baubles, generations without a destination”. Yes, you can be a Tommy Lee rock fan and be aware of the current environmental distress. A success.
Always drooling, Marie-Gold returns with a second extract in anticipation of her next album, Retour à baveuse city, which will be released on July 7. On Banque de beats mondial, the rapper presents herself as a machine for producing music, a “cash cow” of queb rap. She connects the fast and sharp flows on an obscure beat signed Fifo, embellishing the whole of the determination that we know her. Marie-Gold will take part in the Laval National Day show on June 24.
Jean-François Branchaud is the one who carries the first song of the next disc of La Bottine Souriante, unveiled at the approach of the national holiday. It is called Les jolies Québécoises (a somewhat curious choice in our time) and is part of the tradition of humorous songs. It puts forward the jazzy trad sound that we know, but with a renewed swing.