Montreal, QC-based singer-songwriter and producer, Émilie Proulx has unveiled her EP, La nuit, les échos.
The 5-track release is composed of sensitive alt-folk tracks. The artist has made a name for herself over the years with her music and her numerous collaborations, either as a producer and sound engineer, or as a bassist, guitarist, and backing singer for artists such as Maude Audet, Catherine Leduc, Willows, and Navet Confit.
Check it out below, and find out more about Émilie via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m a musician, singer-songwriter, and producer based in Montreal. I take part in many projects but my main thing is to record dream-folk music under my own name. I’ve been doing this since 2007 and I’m releasing my fifth album/EP this month.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
I tend to describe my songs as downtempo rock-infused dream-folk poems. I like to reference tones, moods, and riffs that bring us back to the 70s, 80s, and 90s — often all at once. My music is about memory, impressions, sensations, interplay, and textures. It’s also influenced by literature, by our shared humanity, as well as by my states of mind and latest adventures in life.
How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?
This slow-motion version of life — having more time to read, write and geek out about equipment and sounds — influenced my creative work, indeed. While being packaged as a folk-rock track, the song Slalom is pretty much a poem about repetition, finding balance between keeping on and letting go in a (literal as well as figurative) confined space.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
La nuit, les échos. I think it encapsulates the mood and meaning of this project pretty well.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
My favorite current Canadian band is The Weather Station. I’ve been a fan since their first albums and I feel like we share similar sensibilities, which can be felt and observed through our music. I also really like Kathleen Edwards, Daniel Romano, Lisa Leblanc, Salomé Leclerc, and, of course, Joni… I still listen to Hejira on a regular. It’s one of my favorite albums of all time.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.