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Safia Nolin: Personne

Heavy guitars frame gutsy and emotionally expressive vocals. 

Safia Nolin: Personne

By Kerry Doole

Safia Nolin - Personne (Bonsound): This Montreal-based singer/songwriter made the 2016 Polaris Prize longlist with her album Limoilou, and she continues to take an adventurous musical approach. A new EP, Seum, came out on Friday, and it incorporates both acoustic and grunge-inflected rock in its material.


The four songs on the EP have each been recorded in so-called "sunset" and "sunrise" versions, one acoustic and one rock. The version chosen for the video for brand new single Personne definitely falls into the rock camp, and the self-created clip transposes Nolin into the universe of the notorious video game The Sims, which she has been fond of since her teenage years.

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Heavy guitars frame Nolin's gutsy and emotionally expressive vocals on the short but definitely not sweet track.

On Facebook last week, Nolin posted "It's today that this anger/sad EP is finally seeing the day. I am extremely proud of this project. I recorded this in the spring and spent months in between doing all the visuals and clips. I'm very down with this and I want to say thank you for being open to my fucked up ideas again." 

For Seum, Nolin worked with a band in the studio for the first time, and she co-produced the EP with Félix Petit (Les Louanges, Laurence-Anne, Hubert Lenoir).

To reflect the duality of the new EP, Nolin will host four concerts to celebrate the release of Seum. She will perform two shows - the first with a band of three musicians and the second, unplugged - at Pantoum in Quebec City, on Dec. 9 and 10 respectively. On Dec. 16, she will give another acoustic performance in Montreal at the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, followed by one more full band concert at Foufounes Électriques the next day. A tour across Quebec will follow in the spring of 2022. Dates here.

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Let's hope Nolin's creative risk-taking pays off.

 

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