Album: No Water, No Flowers
Release Date: May 21, 2019
No Water, No Flowers is the first bi-lingual album from Montreal based artist, Geneviève Racette.
Overall, the tone of No Water, No Flowers is light and airy, yet grounded – like a bluebird’s song heard through the window on a spring day. The album is set to a slow tempo beat and features classical guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, banjo, and other classical instruments; but the cornerstone of ‘No Water, No Flowers’ is certainly Geneviève’s voice. The lead vocals of this songstress are songbird-like as sings both French and English with impressive natural grace and ease.
The themes of No Water, No Flowers fit well into the motif of nature: Lyrics about growth, love, birds, spring, wind, the stars, and of course, the album’s namesake, flowers. There is even a track about the passing of a friend; yet, the album’s ‘sad’ song has a cheer about it – a comfort in the natural cycle of life. If I had two words to describe the album overall, it would be ‘peaceful spring.’
A standout track on the album for me was “Parachute”. It may be that Geneviève had a particular person in mind when singing “Parachute”, but the intimacy of the lyrics and tone of the song make it sound like it was sung with direct intent for the listener – as if, as the lyrics, say Geneviève was ‘over lands and seas, through the grey and blue, [she is] a parachute’ just for us.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.