For immediate releaseMontreal, April 26, 2021

Less than three weeks before unveiling his debut album A.M.I.E.S.A.M.O.U.R, LUMIÈRE presents an acoustic version of the song AMITIÉ.DÉCHUE, filmed in a snowy field and amplified by a choir sung by 4th grade students. Through this charming performance, we learn about Étienne Côté, to whom we owe LUMIÈRE; specifically that he’s an elementary school music teacher. A longer version of the video, which includes a short documentary about Étienne, is also available to watch. The film features his family home in Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly and the school where he teaches, as well as his aunt Didi, who illustrated the cover of A.M.I.E.S.A.M.O.U.R, out on May 14th via Bonsound.

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A.M.I.E.S.A.M.O.U.R is available for pre-order now.

Following the release of LA.BELLE.JOURNÉE 1971 and FREUD.EST.MORT, AMITIÉ.DÉCHUE is the third single off LUMIÈRE’s upcoming album. With its flourishing, imaginative lyrics and bouncy piano notes, the song seems joyous, but tells a story of friendship filled with resentment and uneasiness. The emotion in LUMIÈRE's voice accentuates his misery, as do the country-tinged guitars (which are a nod to Paul & Linda McCartney).

A.M.I.E.S.A.M.O.U.R, LUMIÈRE’s debut 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, 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, as well as folk and rock music from the same era.

LUMIÈRE is Étienne Côté’s solo project. 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.