Julie BlancheAnd yet another singer-songwriter from Quebec…

Now Julie Blanche’s eponymous debut EP was one that was missed when it was released last year. But with Julie finishing runner-up in this year’s edition of the prestigious Francouvertes (and you may just have heard of some of the previous finalists – La Patère Rose, Émilie Proulx, Chloé Lacasse, Les sœurs Boulay, not to mention last year’s winners Les Hay Babies) what better excuse than a quick revisit to one that got away?

This all to brief three-track EP is not so much a showcase of Julie Blanche’s talents but more of a tease; after listening there’s an overwhelming urge to discover more from this artist. Eschewing the more familiar country-folk route of a number of Francophone contemporaries, this EP instead veers towards an acoustic indie-pop path that is chock-full of dark, bitter-sweet melancholic rhythms. Indeed, “La maison d’hier” with it’s pounding, metronomic beat has a distinctive Gothic tinge and a fully-plugged in version would get very close to the dark indie-pop so reminiscent from Hôtel Morphée’s first album, “Des histoires de fantômes.”

According to her Bandcamp page (where the EP is available on a name your own price basis), Julie is currently in search of a record label. Given the exposure that the Francouvertes brings, I don’t expect this state of affairs to last for long…

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