Mélisande [électrotrad]

World music  

Drawing from a rich heritage of traditional francophone songs, Mélisande unearths rare treasures that she adapts and presents with a feminist perspective and the distinctly modern sound of the band. The Québécois quartet plays an energetic blend of traditional music,...

Drawing from a rich heritage of traditional francophone songs, Mélisande unearths rare treasures that she adapts and presents with a feminist perspective and the distinctly modern sound of the band. The Québécois quartet plays an energetic blend of traditional music, rock and electro with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, vocal harmonies and sequencing. Led by Mélisande and her husband Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, the group offers a fresh artistic proposal to the folk-world-trad music scene. Its first album Les métamorphoses, greatly acknowledged by the critics here and abroad, was released in May 2014 on La Prûche Libre, an independent label co-owned by one of Québec’s folk music legends Yves Lambert.

Mélisande’s rich musical background and her mesmerizing voice give a fresh take on these traditional songs that she delivers with strong personality. Often groovy, sometimes atmospheric, the songs convey the audience to a journey through time and space to discover timeless realities of women’s life. The group can get a festival crowd dancing or captivate its audience in a concert setting. Mélisande [électrotrad] released the music video Le vin est bon last November and had significant airplay on the Folk DJ circuit throughout Canada and the US. The band performed over fifty concerts in Canada, the US and Australia.

2019 Independent Music Awards 2019 Vox Pop Winner – Short Form Music Video Vox Pop for the vidéoclip Sur la ritintin
2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards 2017 Nominee  Traditional Singer of the Year & Pushing the Boundaries
2016 Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Winner  World Beat album of the Year
2015 ADISQ 2015 Nominee Album of the year – Traditional

2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards 2014  Winner Traditional Singer of the Year

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Reviews

[…] a creative, inspiring and delightful milestone in Francophone — and global — folk music. […] If this is the future of folk, we’re in good hands.

— Pop Matters

An unusually well-balanced blend. […] definitely achieved some hard-edged traditude!

— Huffington Post US Edition

Awesome vocals, & tasteful electronic embellishments. A fresh take on a fine genre & a real treat!

— WRUV Review

It’s fun. It’s really well done. […] This is a lovely record.

— Penguin Eggs

This albums marks a new chapter in Québécois trad music. […] A true success!

— Le Devoir

This album greatly deserves a BRAVO!!!

— Trad Magazine (France)

Here is a nice way to get introduced to Québécois folk music.

— L’éveil

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