Mélisande [électrotrad] continues its creative journey between tradition and modernity with its third album Les myriades (Borealis Records, 2019). The songs proposed were discovered through a field recording project with elders led by Mélisande and Alexandre “Moulin” Grosbois-Garand in 2018 along the banks of the Richelieu River.
Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, this great adventure allowed the artists to take their ethnological efforts even further and to discover sympathetic people from their region. For the musical part, Mélisande (lead vocals, jaw harp) and “Moulin” (flute, vocals, arrangements, programming) called on Gabriel Ethier (producing, arrangements, programming) and David Boulanger (violin, banjo, vocals) to give their traditional songs a sonic signature more modern than ever.
Having an extravagant look allows artists to reconnect with the eccentricity of their respective career debut in the 90’s. With its first two albums (Les métamorphoses, 2014, Les millésimes, 2017), Mélisande [électrotrad] has earned an enviable place on the music scene, winning two Independent Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, several nominations and critical acclaim, in addition to presenting 150 shows in Canada, the United States, France and Australia.