Alright crew, put on your bilingual hats, we’re listening to French-Canadian artist Marie-Pierre Arthur. Based out of Montreal and singing entirely in French, Arthur has proven to be an integral member of the Quebec pop scene reaching far beyond its parochial bounds towards a larger audience and cultural relevance. While us west coasters aren’t as well versed in one of Canada’s official languages as the rest of the nation, all you really need is a grasp on indie pop acumen to understand the universal themes in her track ‘Rien à Faire’. While Arthur’s vocals are immediately evocative of Stevie Nick’s world weary bombast, this is no Fleetwood Mac cover act. Arthur croons the verses with a hint of granulated drawls and graceful allure, but in the chorus her passion and output expand generously into a sprawling array of charisma. Like sparkling funk and euro pop sensationalism, backed up by echoing murmurs, her optimism and confidence is infectious. Most of the melodic components consist of dew woop guitar beads and homely key boards, straight of a John Hughes movie. It’s comforting if elementary.
However after Arthur howls her second act, rickety and tense guitar strings rise from an undercurrent melody, and a spiralling tunnel of mystifying synth wails consume the melody for a startling climax. If anything, the conclusion conveys that regardless of language, what’s knowable and what’s bizarre can be communicated solely through melody. Check out ‘Rien à Faire’ on our EP18 Apple Music playlist. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes!