“…a creative, inspiring and delightful milestone in Francophone — and global — folk music. …If this is the future of folk, we’re in good hands.” — Pop Matters
Mélisande’s rich musical background and her mesmerizing voice give a fresh take on traditional songs that she delivers with strong personality. Often groovy, sometimes atmospheric, the songs convey the audience to a journey through time and space to discover timeless realities of women’s life. The group can get a festival crowd dancing or captivate its audience in a concert setting. Mélisande [électrotrad] released the music video Le vin est bon last November and had significant airplay on the Folk DJ circuit throughout Canada and the US. The band performed over fifty concerts in Canada, the US and Australia.
Drawing from a rich heritage of traditional francophone songs, Mélisande unearths rare treasures that she adapts and presents with a feminist perspective and the distinctly modern sound of the band. The Québécois quartet plays an energetic blend of traditional music, rock and electro with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, vocal harmonies and sequencing. Led by Mélisande and her husband Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, the group offers a fresh artistic proposal to the folk-world-trad music scene.
Adisq 2015 Nominee — Album of the year — Traditional
Canadian Folk Music Awards 2014 Recipient — Traditional Singer of the Year
Independent Music Awards 2015 Nominee — World Beat album of the Year
Mélisande: lead vocals, electric guitar, jew’s harp
Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand: bass, flute, vocals, keyboards, programming
Alexis Chartrand: violin, banjo, foot percussion, vocals
Gabriel Ethier: keyboards, drums, programming
“An unusually well-balanced blend. […] definitely achieved some hard-edged traditude!” — Huffington Post US Edition
“Awesome vocals, & tasteful electronic embellishments. A fresh take on a fine genre & a real treat!” — WRUV Review
“It’s fun. It’s really well done. […] This is a lovely record.” — Penguin Eggs
“This albums marks a new chapter in Québécois trad music. […] A true success!” — Le Devoir
“This album greatly deserves a BRAVO!!!” — Trad Magazine (France)
“Here is a nice way to get introduced to Québécois folk music” — L’éveil