As suggested by the title of Reprises Vol.1 (2016), which earned her Félix trophies for Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year - Reinterpretation at the 2017 ADISQ Gala, Safia Nolin returns today with a second volume of covers via Bonsound. Released at midnight on all music services and available in stores, Reprises Vol.2 revisits and strips down eight more Francophone classics, all songs that Safia truly loves and considers to be well written. For this second collection, the singer-songwriter opted for a repertoire that’s closer to her generation, while still trying to represent various eras. These are songs that I find sad, that are adored by my generation, the millennials, and that we love to sing as loud as our lungs permit, explains Safia.
Safia transforms two pop mega hits released at the turn of the millenium into melancholic ballads: Gabrielle Destroismaisons’ Et cetera and Lorie’s Je serai (ta meilleure amie), on which she duets with Pomme. Her dark folk mood meets Alexandra Stréliski’s neo-classic piano on Tous les cris les S.O.S., highlighting the great sorrow of the lyrics. She also puts her own sensitive spin on tracks by her idol Céline Dion (Destin), Les BB (Tu ne sauras jamais), Isabelle Boulay (Je t’oublierai, je t’oublierai) and Annie Villeneuve (Un ange qui passe). The album, recorded with her friend and longtime collaborator Joseph Marchand, ends with a tender and haunting rendition of J’ai demandé à la lune, the signature song by French rock group Indochine.
The album Reprises Vol.2 is available in stores and on all music services now.
Safia Nolin will celebrate the release of Reprises Vol.2 with two special shows at POP Montreal on September 25-26th at Club Balattou. Guests Elisapie, Antony Carle and the one and only Gabrielle Destroismaisons will join her on stage. Launch shows will also take place in Ottawa on October 18th at The 27 Club and in Toronto on October 19th at The Monarch Tavern.
Reprises Vol.2 follows Dans le noir, Safia’s second LP of original songs released less than a year ago, and nominated at this year’s ADISQ Gala for Folk Album of the Year. Since it dropped, Safia has shared the Patrick Watson duet Mélancolie, the new track Claire, a video for Dagues starring drag queen Verona Verushka, while also performing over 50 concerts in Canada and France, including a headlining show on the Francos de Montréal’s main stage. Recently, she unveiled a breathtakingly gorgeous video for the bilingual Lesbian Break-up Song (feat. La Force), in collaboration with Bien à vous and The Womanhood Project.
25/09/19 Montreal, QC - Club Balattou (POP Montreal)
26/09/19 Montreal, QC - Club Balattou (POP Montreal)
27/09/19 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC - Espace RONA du Centre des arts Juliette-Lassonde
28/09/19 Saint-Bruno, QC - Centre Marcel Dulude
02/10/19 Rimouski, QC - Salle Desjardins-Telus
03/10/19 Moncton, NB - Théâtre Capitol
05/10/19 New Richmond, QC - Salle de spectacles régionale Desjardins
06/10/19 Gaspé, QC - Salle de spectacles de Gaspé
08/10/19 Baie-Comeau, QC - Centre des arts de Baie-Comeau
10/10/19 Drummondville, QC - Maison des arts Desjardins
18/10/19 Ottawa, ON - The 27 Club
19/10/19 Toronto, ON - Monarch Tavern
07/11/19 Lyon, FR - A Thou Bout d'Chant
20/11/19 Paris, FR - Trianon (opening for Malik Djoudi)
18/01/20 Longueuil, QC - Théâtre de la Ville