Safia Nolin releases Mourir au large, the third single off her upcoming EP SEUM, due out October 29th via Bonsound. With this new song, Safia carries on the torch of the female singer-songwriters who made their mark in the 90's by adopting alternative rock as an outlet. Pre-order SEUM, on vinyl or digital, now.
Mourir au large is available now on all music services.
Like her previous singles PLS and 1000, the song Mourir au large has two different versions. In addition to the grungier and alt-rock “sunset” version recorded with a full band, the musician delivers a “sunrise” version, recorded oustide with only her acoustic guitar. In reference to the not-so warm welcome that her second album of original songs received in 2018, she sings Pourrir au large / Quand je cherche ma place / Que le monde se tasse / Je me noie “dans le noir”. Mourir au large is accompanied by a self-directed music video in which Safia references the first chapter of her career in order to move on.
Mirroring the duality of her new EP, Safia Nolin will host a series of four exclusive concerts to celebrate the release of SEUM. She will perform two shows - the first with a band of three musicians and the second, unplugged - at Pantoum in Quebec City, on December 9th and 10th respectively. On December 16th, Safia will give another acoustic performance in Montreal at the the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, followed by one more full band concert at Foufounes Électriques the next day. A tour across Quebec will follow in the spring of 2022. Visit safianolin.com for all the details, or see the list below.
Safia Nolin embarks on a new chapter with SEUM, as she worked with a band in the studio for the first time. Thus, giving her the opportunity to create compositions with a diverse array of grunge, indie rock and alternative pop sounds and experiment with the acoustic formula that launched her career. Co-produced by Safia and Félix Petit (Les Louanges, Laurence-Anne, Hubert Lenoir) this new EP showcases the singer-songwriter challenging her creative process with various instruments and sounds.
Spread out over four songs available in "sunset" and "sunrise" versions, Safia Nolin’s new EP echoes the duality that inhabits her. The creation of this new EP enabled the musician to channel her emotions - anger and sadness being the most influential on her music - to various degrees. By treating every song on SEUM like a work in its own right, and by pushing her artistic boundaries to include two versions of each of them, Safia frees herself from the constraints and conventions of albums and EPs, with which she no longer wishes to comply.
After addressing sadness extensively on her previous albums, Safia Nolin felt the need to express her anger through more abrasive arrangements and by delving into her grunge and rock influences. Her anger is also the inspiration behind the name of the mini-album - which also references her Maghrebian origins - whose title is derived from the Arabic word “sèmm”, meaning venom, and taken from the French expression "avoir le seum", meaning "to be angry". To make her vision come to life, she recorded the sunset versions of SEUM with Jean-Philippe Levac (drums), Agathe Dupéré (bass) and Marc-André Labelle (guitar).
With the sunrise versions, Safia goes back to her roots to present minimalist folk recordings with a melancholic hue. However, these recordings have the distinctive feature of being captured outdoors in various locations in Montreal (from the back alleys of Rosemont to Parc Jean-Drapeau) in the manner of field recordings, giving the tracks an intimate and raw production.
25/11/2021 Val-Morin, QC - Théâtre du Marais
09/12/2021 Quebec City, QC - Le Pantoum - (SEUM Launch / "plugged" version)
10/12/2021 Quebec City, QC - Le Pantoum - (SEUM Launch / "unplugged" version)
16/12/2021 Montreal, QC - Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours - (SEUM Launch / "unplugged" version)
17/12/2021 Montreal, QC - Foufounes Électriques - (SEUM Launch / "plugged" version)
18/03/2022 Alma, QC - Café du Clocher
19/03/2022 Chicoutimi, QC - Bistro Café Summum
26/03/2022 Lavaltrie, QC - Église St-Antoine
09/04/2022 Sherbrooke, QC - La Petite Boîte Noire
15/04/2022 Frelighsburg, QC - Beat & Betterave
16/04/2022 Gatineau, QC - Minotaure
22/04/2022 St-Hyacinthe, QC - Le Zaricot
26/05/2022 Carleton-sur-Mer, QC - Studio Hydro-Québec du Quai des arts
27/05/2022 Mont-Louis, QC - La Pointe-Sec
28/05/2022 Gaspé, QC - Secret Location