This first effort takes shape as a free-flowing epic set in 1971, following the concept album tradition. In this sprawling theatrical adventure packed with choirs, strings and organs, mixed with intrigue, we follow three characters - LUMIÈRE (Étienne Côté), BRIQUETTE (Daphné Brissette) and CRISTALE (Naomie de Lorimier) - who seek affirmation and support through nourishing friendships and love. From this universal and regenerative quest emerges fifteen sumptuous songs that echo the glorious 70s style of the chanson québecoise and rock music from the same era. A.M.I.E.S.A.M.O.U.R is available for pre-order now.
With its flourishing, imaginative lyrics written like a tale, AMITIÉ.DÉCHUE is a seemingly joyous play, yet it tells a story of friendship filled with resentment and uneasiness. Musically, it is a nod to the country sounds of Paul & Linda McCartney.
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The single is available on all music services.
The vivid visuals that make up the album cover and accompany the song were created by Aunt Diane, a very precious person for Étienne, who is also one of his greatest sources of inspiration. We spend a lot of time together talking and gardening, and both of us enjoy drinking our coffee with cream. Diane draws every day and has always done so. She could provide the province of Quebec with drawings for the next 15 years. Aunt Didi is the #1 artist in the family. Thank you for your fantastic contribution to the world, for your vibrant drawings and your eternal child's heart, he reveals of his relationship with her.
The new single from LUMIÈRE follows LA.BELLE.JOURNÉE 1971, a catchy, feel-good track inspired by 70s rock that was released last fall to introduce the project to the public. The second single, FREUD.EST.MORT, is without a doubt the most experimental piece of this ambitious album, and was unveiled at the beginning of the year. With its more modern sound, the song is closer musically to the year 2001 than 1971.
LUMIÈRE is Étienne Côté’s latest project. In 2016, he unveiled a self-titled EP that experiments with 70s folk music, choirs and Latin rhythms. The release was a prelude to his larger project, LUMIÈRE.
Along with Briquette (Daphnée Brissette) and Cristale (Naomie de Lorimier), LUMIÈRE presents A.M.I.E.S.A.M.O.U.R, an immersive narrative and a musical panorama that casts a contemporary light on the rich heritage of the chanson québécoise. Known for his role as a drummer/percussionist in the bands Canailles and Bon Enfant, Étienne Côté has also collaborated in various ways with Mon Doux Saigneur, Nicolet, Mathieu Bérubé, Laurence-Anne, N NAO, Chassepareil and Duu.