Geoffroy (pronounced: Jeff-wah) has sharing the closing track from his upcoming self-released third LP, Live Slow Die Wise, out January 19, 2022.
“Life As It Comes” was “one of the first ideas that developed into a song after confinement had first started,” says Geoffroy. “I kept repeating those two first chords at the piano, they felt good. I felt at peace. The pandemic had forced us all to take a step back and it triggered this reflection. Despite all the curveballs that life had thrown my way, I was feeling happy and grateful for the life I was living. Feeling free, loved, and content with where I was and what I had achieved, both on a personal and professional level. And so I wanted to dig into this state of mind and try to reason or explain it somehow. The result is a testimony of gratitude. A song about acceptance, integrity, and gratitude, all playing a crucial part in achieving well-being and self-realization.”
The journey to the LP’s 2022 release began with the unveiling of “Cold World“, an intimate and reflective song that beautifully represents the album’s tone.
“Live Slow Die Wise is the timeless story of societal individualism and ego,” Geoffroy shares. “We’re driven by an endless pursuit for growth, innovation, and profit. But at what cost?”
Live Slow Die Wise still features the personal and reflective touch Geoffroy fans know to expect, but this time through the lens tinted by experience. Inspired by artists like Ry Cooder, Paul Simon, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, and thinkers such as Alan Watts, Eckhart Tolle, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Geoffroy brought a more contemplative and philosophical approach to the album’s songwriting than in previous works.
Live Slow Die Wise was penned during isolation in 2020 and brought to life in the studio with help from legendary French Canadian producer Louis-Jean Cormier. The songs mark a return to Geoffroy’s early days as an artist, traveling the world and playing solo on the streets as he went. A renewed appreciation for organic instrumentation and a recording process that favoured live takes in the studio added depth and authenticity to the songs and hopefully, forge a deep and intimate connection with the listener.
“Live Slow Die Wise represents a specific state of mind. It’s about taking the time to live freely and consciously. It’s about being aware and embracing the ephemerality and fragility of life.”
Geoffroy will take Live Slow Die Wise on the road beginning March 5, 2022.
GEOFFROY 2022 CANADIAN TOUR DATES
03/05 Trois Rivières – Cabaret Cogeco
03/11 Montreal – MTELUS
03/25 Quebec – Imperial Bell
04/05 Winnipeg – Good Will Social Club
04/06 Saskatoon – Amigos Cantina
04/09 Vancouver – Hollywood Theatre
04/10 Victoria – Capital Ballroom
04/14 Red Deer – Bo’s Bar
04/15 Calgary – Commonwealth
04/16 Edmonton – Starlite Room
04/20 London – Rum Runners
04/21 Toronto – Axis Club
04/22 Kingston – The Grad Club
04/23 Ottawa – Club Saw
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.