Philippe B broadens his horizons on Les orages là-bas, an overt folk pop song that veers away from his trademark melancholic tone. The song, alongside the previous singles Nouvelle administration and Pauline à la ferme, will be featured on his first new album in six years, also titled Nouvelle administration, out this Friday, May 26th via Bonsound.
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In line with Nouvelle administration's main theme, Les orages là-bas evokes the questions inherent to Philippe B's new life as a father. The lyrics refer to a hypothetical discussion between a new father and his daughter about the future, or rather, the fate of our world. Between one’s fatalistic outlook and the other’s more optimistic perspective, Les orages là-bas bears witness to the climate crisis that looms over us and rekindles hope for a better day. With its upbeat rhythm and light touches of synthesizers, the song adds another color to the panorama of Nouvelle administration.
Watch and share the visualizer of Les orages là-bas via YouTube.
This Saturday, Philippe B will be doing a series of intimate performances as part of a mini-tour of Montreal record stores. The day will unfold as follows: 11 a.m. at Le Vacarme, 1:30 p.m. at L’Oblique, 4 p.m. at Aux 33 Tours and 6:30 p.m. at Le 180g.
On June 10th, the singer-songwriter will perform a sold-out show at Studio TD as part of the Francos de Montréal. He will be playing at more festivals this summer, notably the Festival de la chanson de Tadoussac, Le Festif! and the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée. A tour that will take him across Quebec will follow this fall and in the winter of 2024, including performances at the Gesù in Montreal on November 25th and at the Théâtre Petit Champlain in Quebec City on March 1st, 2024. See the list below for all the tour dates.
About Nouvelle administration
Inspired by Barbara, Félix Leclerc, Claude Léveillée, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young and Gilberto Gil, among others, Philippe B brings back his simple guitar compositions and more complex string arrangements on Nouvelle administration, offering folk songs of varied influences. On this first album in six years, which follows in the footsteps of its predecessors and was conceived alongside several outstanding musicians such as Guido del Fabro (violin), Émilie Laforest (vocals), José Major (drums) and Philippe Brault (bass), the singer and multi-instrumentalist took full control of the arrangements, mixing and production. As Philippe B himself puts it on the title track of the album, released as the first single on February 1st: Everything has changed, everything is the same. Hence the title, Nouvelle administration, which refers to the typical neighborhood restaurant that changes owners without necessarily changing its menu or decor. For Philippe B, it's just an ironic way of saying that, despite the changes he's experienced in recent years, he's remained faithful to his roots and essence.
About Philippe B
Philippe B is one of our most brilliant singer-songwriters. His precious and vibrant folk songs have been resonating on our music scene for over 15 years. The Abitibi-born singer-songwriter established the foundations of his repertoire on his first two albums, Philippe B (2005) and Taxidermie (2008), and then further honed in on his style on his third opus, Variations fantômes, in 2011. Enriched by the work of famous classical music composers, which he sampled with finesse and ingenuity, his sound grew in density with an orchestral backdrop that is both complex and refined. Philippe B offered the logical continuation of Variations fantômes with Ornithologie, la nuit, a fourth album released in 2014, and then with La grande nuit vidéo three years later. All three releases were warmly welcomed by critics and the public, accumulating honors. Philippe B is now preparing to unveil his sixth album, Nouvelle administration.
06/10/2023 - Montreal, QC - Le Studio TD (Francos de Montréal) - SOLD OUT
06/18/2023 - Tadoussac, QC - La Halte STQ (Festival de la chanson de Tadoussac)
07/20/2023 - Baie-Saint-Paul, QC - Scène Loto-Québec BSP (Le Festif!)
08/02/2023 - Petite-Vallée, QC - L'Église du village (Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée)
10/21/2023 - Lavaltrie, QC - Église Saint-Antoine-de-Lavaltrie
10/26/2023 - Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC - Cabaret d'Albert
10/28/2023 - Ottawa, ON - Quatrième Salle du CNA
11/04/2023 - Terrebonne, QC - Le Moulinet
11/10/2023 - Waterloo, QC - Maison de la culture de Waterloo
11/11/2023 - Val-Morin, QC - Théâtre du Marais
11/18/2023 - Sherbrooke, QC - La Petite Boîte Noire
11/23/2023 - Repentigny, QC - Théâtre Alphonse-Desjardins
11/25/2023 - Montreal, QC - Gesù
02/02/2024 - Joliette, QC - Musée d’art de Joliette
02/22/2024 - Longueuil, QC - Salle Jean-Louis-Millette - Théâtre de la Ville
02/23/2024 - Saint-Jérôme, QC - Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
03/01/2024 - Quebec, QC - Théâtre Petit Champlain
03/02/2024 - Saint-Casimir, QC - Les Grands Bois
03/14/2024 - Alma, QC - Boîte à Bleuets
03/15/2024 - Saint-Prime, QC - Vieux Couvent de Saint-Prime
03/16/2024 - Jonquière, QC - Côté-Cour
03/22/2024 - Frelighsburg, QC - Beat & Betterave