Review – Gabrielle Papillon

Album: KeepThe Fire
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Genre: Indie Rock/ Pop

Nova Scotia’s award-winning and much-lauded artist Gabrielle Papillon releases her sixth album, Keep The Fire this October and it is her most accomplished work to date. Its 11-tracks are filled with heartfelt lyrics and haunting melodies, and Papillon explains “When in doubt or darkness, the answer is to hold my head high, let go of what holds me down, carry on, and keep the fire.”

The album was recorded in Nova Scotia at the Echo Lake studio with producer Daniel Ledwell and mixed by Neon Dreams’ Corey LeRue.

The album starts with the short orchestral ‘Overture for the Fire Keeper’ that leads as the perfect intro to ‘Three Years’ with its stirring vocals and quivering violins. It’s easy to see why her beautiful vocals have garnered such fans and critics alike since her debut back in 2001. Papillon’s songwriting has seen her develop into an incredibly progressive and influential artist.

The theme is a personal journey, from darkness into light, despair into hope, with her head held high. CB’s personal favourite is ‘When the Heart Attacks’ with such a strong lyric and vocal performance. The opening line sets the tone; “Tell me a story that nobody knows” against an upbeat soundtrack of percussion and strings.

Asked about the Title and the direction the new record took, Gabrielle is very honest in her assessment, “When in doubt or darkness, the answer is to hold my head high, let go of what holds me down, carry on, and keep the fire,” she explains.

Title track ‘Keep the Fire’ typifies this ethos and builds into an orchestral cacophony that feels like a door opening to Papillon’s newfound confidence with a shedding of the past; like a new skin.

“Deep in The Earth” is another standout track.

Papillon heads out on the road in support of ‘Keep the Fire’ in the coming weeks leading up to Nova Scotia Music Week.

October 14th – Fredericton, NB, Roots and Soul Music Room
October 15th – Wakefield, QC, Blacksheep Inn
October 16th – Toronto, ON, Burdock
October 18th – Montreal, QC, Divan Orange
October 20th – Cowansville, QC, Red’s Kitchen
October 21st – Saint John, NB, The Cameron
October 22nd – Port Williams, NS, The Green House on the Corner
October 28th – Halifax, NS, The Bus Stop Theatre
November 2nd – 5th – Truro, NS, Nova Scotia Music Week

Recommended Taster Track: ‘When the Heart Attacks’

Connect with Gabrielle Papillon:

Hi, I’m originally from the UK; born between the music cities of Liverpool & Manchester, and have been playing guitar and going to see live music ever since High School. Arena gigs are good, but nothing beats the small intimate venues that showcase the talent and energy when a band is just starting out. I love all kinds of music, particularly guitar bands like the Smiths, the Cure, Lemonheads through to the likes of Modest Mouse, July Talk and Catfish & the Bottlemen….oh and coming from Liverpool, I have to say the Beatles!

I have been a Graphic Designer for over 20 years, I love music and I love a good album cover (check out Peter Saville’s creations). Since moving to Halifax, NS in 2009, I have started to write my first music book, and it’s a pleasure to join the talented team at Canadian Beats!

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