I have a new project that I'd like to tell you about. If you attended one of my shows last week (on my Ontario/Quebec tour with JESSA), you may have already heard.
The past four years have been filled with change. I lost my mother, moved cities, made big adjustments to my career and my approach to both my art and my emotional life. I discovered my love of olympic weightlifting, kettlebells and calisthenics.
Developed over the past three years, with a few shows in Montreal, Toronto and Tokyo, Linaire is the result of a personal and artistic reset. I took a break from performing and spent time learning about recording and the use of computer technology in live performance. I also acquired an omnichord (an incredibly charming little electronic auto-harp developed in the 80s). I began to get curious about the nature and roots of my anxiety and depression, which had been with me since my early childhood and coloured so much of my existence. I wrote, walked and lifted weights.
When I returned to songwriting, what emerged was something very different from what I’d made before – both in aesthetic but also in its roots. The songs explore moving through anxiety and difficult emotions, the search for identity, a call to presence and curiosity. It’s about leaving home, forgiving and letting go. It’s also an attempt to take a long view of time. I felt compelled to pick a name for this project. And so, Linaire emerged.
There is an album due in 2020 (!!!), but for now, here is a tiny taste of my live set, filmed last week in Montreal at La Sotterenea.