After several festival performances this summer, singer-songwriter Safia Nolin returns with her new single PLS and announces the release of her new EP SEUM, to be released on October 29th via Bonsound. Like her previous single Rue de l'ours, PLS is available in two distinct versions, with slightly different lyrics: a moody "sunset version" with a definite pop sensibility that she recorded with a band, and a minimalist, acoustic "sunrise version", recorded in a Montreal alleyway sometime before the curfew was lifted.
This new track sets the table for the other three songs on SEUM, which will also be available in two versions. Co-produced by Safia and Félix Petit (Les Louanges, Laurence-Anne, Hubert Lenoir), this new offering distances itself from the acoustic style for which she is known. Joined by a band - Jean-Philippe Levac (drums), Agathe Dupéré (bass) and Marc-André Labelle (guitar) - for the first time, Safia Nolin delivers tuneful grunge melodies and pushes her own boundaries as a singer-songwriter by using a variety of instruments and a wide range of sounds.
The two versions of PLS are available now on all music services.
Safia Nolin’s new single is complemented by a feel-good music video that she created herself. Combining a selection of Instagram-archived videos, colourful, kaleidoscopic sunsets and footage of happy times spent with friends, the video casts a joyful light on the lyrics.
Although Safia Nolin is exploring her songwriting more than ever, melancholy remains at the core of her art. In fact, the last few seconds of PLS’ sunset version recall her emo past and suggest a certain anger that she tries to express in a healthy way through her music. It seems that I’m able to say sad things over not-so-sad music, says Safia Nolin.
On September 2nd, the singer-songwriter will perform at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, for a concert on the water, presented as part of the Contre-Courant series. Tickets are available here.