Montreal’s Marie-Hélène L. Delorme, aka FOXTROTT, will release the first in a series of EPs on June 8th via One Little Indian Records. The first instalment in the series, Meditations I sees the inimitable producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist return to form, with rich, off-centre sounds, earthy beats and shimmering percussions.
Meditations I is like the opening of a window after a long winter when a warm and perfumed breeze comes in. Like Spring, it has a sense of renewal, excitement, expectation and warmth.
On Intuition, the opener to Meditations I, Delorme invites a higher force to help her let go of everything she’s held onto as protection. “My insecurities, fears, hesitations, the roles I’ve taken on in life, what I thought I should be doing to be worthwhile – it was about letting go of all of that.
“Wait is a movement forward towards a brighter place, an urgency to follow the tingling feeling one gets when something or someone rings true to them, calls them. It’s a commitment to make oneself available to this renewal, and being willing to leave things behind by doing so. It’s a feeling of love so strong that one cannot ignore it or deny it. Musically, it is a warm pulse, a grounded but expansive energy. It’s drums and bass that pull you forward by your stomach, and shimmering synths and percussions that tickle you in this march forward, like the feeling of a new love. Vocally, it is intimate and upfront, with no “vocal makeup”, like the voice of a loved one murmuring in your ear…”
Since unveiling the FOXTROTT moniker to the world with the EP Shields (2012) and her Polaris Prize-nominated debut A Taller Us (2015), her beefy bass lines, captivating melodies and lyrical candour have taken her to New York, London, Berlin and beyond
"... in which La Reine de Folk-Trash switches effortlessly from Chiac to English while never straying to far from her Acadian country-folk roots. Have no fear, the banjo is still there (check out her cover of "Ace of Spades"), but there's also plenty of pedal to the metal guitars on this riotous blast of an album..."