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The Rodeo shares her fourth album, Arlequine

After having released two singles – “Titanic” (on October 5th, 2022) and “L’Hymne à la moue” (on January 13th, 2023) – The Rodeo has released her fourth album entitled Arlequine.

Having recently been admitted to the international Keychange program, Dorothée Hannequin, aka The Rodeo, has already toured throughout the world – from Europe to North America and even Taiwan. During these musical journeys, the singer-songwriter explored her inner landscapes with growing acuity. She fashioned a discography shaped as a self-portrait, which is distilled to perfection on this new album.

The album’s nine complex, baroque, and pop-inspired tracks borrowed from some of the most sophisticated French chanson – that of Nino Ferrer, France Gall, and Françoise Hardy. Hannequin appears on Arlequine as a figure of feminine resilience and courage, having overcome break-up, isolation due to the lockdowns, and the psychological burden of a solo career.

On the album, the choruses’ power and the constant changes in rhythm, tone, and mood create space that opens up both musical and existential possibility. A veritable mix of emotions colour this abundant and vibrant portrait – whether the electro-pop of “L’hymne à la moue” or the ethereal bossa sunbath in the bay of Rio on “Praia Vermelha.”

The Rodeo is accompanied by a gaggle of loyal and virtuosic musicians. The album was mixed by Dimitri Dedonder and Clément Roussel, and its almost-ambivalent tracks combine melancholy and melodic certainty, anger, and orchestral density, as well as mourning and pop positivity.

Listen to Arlequine below and learn more about The Rodeo via our Five Questions With segment.

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Dorothee Hannequin. I play under the nickname The Rodeo.

I’m a self-taught musician from Paris, France.

I’ve released three albums and several EPs.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

My new album Arlequine is out now.

You can listen to the first singles, Titanic & L’hymne à la moue.

My music is a sort of baroque indie pop!

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

I’m inspired by different things, but I often mix my intimate life with stories I’ve heard or read.

Do you have any upcoming shows you’d like to tell us about?

I’m first touring in Europe. Then I’ll tour in Vietnam in June 2023 before touring in Canada at the end of the year!

What’s your goal for 2023?

I’d love to collaborate with musicians from all over the world!

I hope for great feedback on this new album!

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