Giving music, a record or maybe just a song as a gift is a delicate, personal and revealing gesture. To make this decision a lot easier for you, this week A Propos features songs from brilliant new records that would make perfect gifts for your most open-minded and inquisitive of friends and family members.
With his suggestions, host Jim Corcoran would like to convince you to encourage local talent by offering local artists’ records as gifts to the ones you love. Buying music as a gift is now, more than ever before, also a gift for the ones who recorded it. It is a tangible way of contributing to musicians' careers.
Here are some of Corcoran’s suggestions of albums from Quebec to help you give great music as gifts for the loved ones on your list.
Louis-Jean Cormier, Le treizième étage
The most successful singer-songwriter in Quebec this year has been Louis-Jean Cormier. He won several awards for his new album Le treizième étage, sold a lot of records and toured extensively. If you want someone to discover one of Quebec’s best-loved singer-songwriters, then Cormier's album is a great idea. Here is one of his most popular songs.
Klô Pelgag, L’alchimie des monstres
“If you know someone who is adventurous and who especially enjoys music and artists from the periphery of pop, then Klô Pelgag’s new CD is the one you want to offer,” says Corcoran. “She’s brilliant, original; in fact, she’s unique.” Discover her quirky universe in this video.
Keith Kouna, Du plaisir et de bombes
With his very personal approach to songwriting and his singular voice, Keith Kouna has gotten a lot of attention this year in Quebec. His uncommonly honest and touching song “Batiscan” won a 2013 Prix de la chanson SOCAN, the Francophone counterpart to the SOCAN Songwriting Prize.
Jérôme Minière danse avec Herri Kopter
With this CD, Jérôme Minière won a Felix Award for electronic album of the year. If you are looking for intelligent music made for dancing, you can’t go wrong with this one. In addition, you can explore his website and enjoy original homemade videos that he created for many of his songs. Real gems, like this one called "We Machinize."
Sylvie Paquette, Jour de chance
For two decades now, Sylvie Paquette has been recording some of the finest records to come out of Quebec. Her most recent opus is no exception. Get a sense of her eloquent songwriting and expressive voice in this acoustic version of her song "Il y a encore."
Other great suggestions include :
— David Marin, Le choix de l’embarras
— VioleTT Pi, eV
— Gros Méné, Agnus Dei
— Les soeurs Boulay, Le poids des confettis
— Tire le coyote, Mitan
— Alex Nevsky, Himalaya mon amour
— Jason Bajada, Le résultat de mes bêtises
— Laurence Hélie, À Présent le passé
To find out more about Hélie’s latest album, you can listen to A Propos’ edition featuring her conversation with Corcoran.
To have a list of all the songs suggested by Corcoran this week and last, click on the "Playlogs" tab on A Propos’ website or listen to our programs under the "Audio" tab.
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