By Kerry Doole
Laurence-Anne - Vitesse (Bonsound): This is the fourth advance single from Oniromancie, the third album from this highly-regarded Montreal singer/songwriter, released tomorrow (Sept. 8).
A label press release notes that "Vitesse evokes the panic of an unshakable nightmare. Laurence-Anne drew inspiration from a vivid bad dream for this song, but also from the European coldwave scene of the '80s, particularly the seminal French group Martin Dupont. In this dream, the singer-songwriter travels at full speed through chaotic landscapes in search of the source of the havoc."
The track is a fast-paced slice of synth-pop, and that tempo makes a refreshing change from the usual slow and moody synth-pop in vogue these days. The album, co-produced with François Zaïdan, reportedly covers plenty of different musical terrain. Earlier singles have attracted attention from such influential radio stations as BBC Radio 6 and BBC Scotland, and coverage in such publications as The Independent, Brooklyn Vegan, The Line of Best Fit, Soho Radio, and Under the Radar.
Laurence-Anne will launch Oniromancie with shows at the Sala Rossa in Montreal (as part of POP Montreal) on Sept. 28 and at the Pantoum in Quebec City on Sept. 30. She will be opening for electro-pop duo Milk & Bone for a few dates this fall and in winter of 2024.
She made a big splash in 2019 with a critically acclaimed debut album that made the Polaris Prize long list, followed by an EP and a second full-length, Musivision.
PR: Paul Brooks, Take Aim Media