Acclaimed francophone artist Jill Barber has dropped her newest single, “Summer Nights in Montreal” featuring Yann Perreau.
The video displays vintage-style VHS footage of Barber and Perreau in the studio. When accompanied with the cutesy, wholesome soundtrack, the song + video combination make for an endearing experience. Barber exclaims that in this track, she’s dwelling on sweet memories she’s made in her favourite city.
“On Summer Nights in Montréal, I savour the memory of a past encounter: a sweet recollection of a steamy evening in Montréal;” shares Jill. “But more than that, it is a love letter to Montréal, to the intoxicating effect it has on me, and the “joie de vivre” that I feel each time I’m there. I loved the idea of this song being a duet, a back and forth “dance” between a woman and a man, so I approached Yann Perreau about singing it with me. He is a coup-de-coeur of mine and I am thrilled to have him as my duet partner on this song.”
Her upcoming LP Entre nous happens to be her first-ever collection of original French songs, which allowed her to step out of her comfort zone in the recording process. The record is due out on June 19.
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