Following the spectacular Rock Band and the irresistible Liszt-o-mania, LUMIÈRE releases Glam, a passionate rock song on which the singer-songwriter opens up about his life as an artist. This third single arrives a little over a month before the release of his sophomore album bearing the same name, due out on April 28th via Bonsound. GLAM is available for pre-order on vinyl, CD and digital format.
On Glam, Étienne Côté (aka LUMIÈRE) invites us to join him on stage, in the midst of an emotional roller coaster where ecstasy and excess rub shoulders with exhaustion and anguish. Consumed by the desire to perform, the singer-songwriter seeks to please his audience to the point of putting himself at risk. Through sincere lyrics, he questions his intense rock 'n' roll lifestyle, particularly the lengths he would go to for his career.
Carried by an uplifting melody and a fiery chorus (led by his faithful friends Daphné Brissette and Naomie de Lorimier), Glam is interwoven with the screams of a boisterous crowd sampled from a cassette recording of Beau Dommage performing at the Montreal Forum in 1984. All of this is lifted by a frenetic rhythm reminiscent of our protagonist's incessant lifestyle. Along with this new track, LUMIÈRE reveals a dynamic video made of mini DV camera images and film stills that shows the recording process of the album.
On July 10th, LUMIÈRE will perform the songs from his new album on the Plains of Abraham during the Festival d'été de Québec. He will also open for Daniel Bélanger's sold-out shows at the MTELUS on May 16th and 17th. Check the list below for all the tour dates.
It’s with spectacle, exaggeration and excess that LUMIÈRE presents himself on GLAM. After singing his desire for emancipation on his first album A.M.I.E.S.A.M.O.U.R., Étienne leaves the countryside to perform in the city with the ambition to conquer the world. GLAM tells the story of an artist who is both lucid and idealistic, aware of the pitfalls of show-business. Behind this glamorous facade, a more introspective side of LUMIÈRE is revealed, one which opens up about his fears and doubts with candor. Once the spotlight is gone, the singer returns home with his shyness, anxiety and an unfulfilled desire to fill a void. Further pushing the musical blend of its predecessor, GLAM presents a new, more assertive, exuberant and glamorous LUMIÈRE. The album appropriates the codes of the lush music of the 1970s, while returning to the raw energy of the 1960s, an era marked by the popularity of folk, psychedelic rock and chanson française. By looking back to this era, LUMIÈRE offers a multidimensional synthesis of the musical genres that have shaped contemporary pop.
LUMIÈRE is the free embodiment of a musical enlightenment shaped by rock music. Spectacular yet sensitive, his sound transcends trends and brilliantly masters the essence of nostalgia. But beyond the music, LUMIÈRE is the character and solo project of Étienne Côté (Canailles, Bon Enfant). As he dons the colorful and sparkling clothes of his alter ego, the singer and multi-instrumentalist expresses with grandiosity his love for the pop and rock music of the 1960s and 1970s, two key decades that shaped and defined the music of our time. Last year, he performed in France as the opening act for Pierre Lapointe as well as for French pop star Clara Luciani. Back home in Quebec, he brought his project to the stages of several festivals, including the Francos de Montréal, La Noce, Coup de Coeur Francophone and M for Montreal.
16/05/2023 - Montréal - MTELUS (Supporting Daniel Bélanger) - SOLD OUT
17/05/2023 - Montréal - MTELUS (Supporting Daniel Bélanger) - SOLD OUT
10/07/2023 - Québec - Scène Bell - Plaines d’Abraham - FEQ
20/10/2023 - Val-Morin, QC - Théâtre du Marais
11/11/2023 - Sherbrooke, QC - La Petite Boîte Noire
23/11/2023 - LaSalle, QC - Théâtre Desjardins