Le Vent du Nord continue to define borders of music never been explored before by other musicians. Not only that they create a kind of sound that appeals to both French, Irish and Breton listeners, they also transcend boundaries of what is alternative and what is traditional. Upon first listen, the band exude a kind of breezy top 40 adult contemporary rock feel…well, not until one listens carefully to the arrangements, one will realize how so much craft and thought have been poured into the recordings.
The really interesting thing about merging French and Celtic music is the way the words sound . There is a lot of sensuality to it.They help bring Québécois music (which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany), to the public and I think it also gave me so much insight into the kind of diverse culture Canada has. The band already released five albums.
Band members play a variety of instruments each taking turns in every arrangements.
For those who love the traditional band Lunasa, they have a new album out called La Nua . Samples of the songs can be heard on the band’s website. This is really a treat to Lunasa fans who have been thirsting for latest music coming from this one of a kind Irish band. Released last April, this is what the site has to sat about the new album:
Lúnasa celebrate the arrival of a new decade with Lá Nua (‘new day’).
After a 4-year hiatus from the studio, this highly-anticipated album came out of extensive rehearsal and recording on location in the beautiful Cooley mountains in the northeast of Ireland. This environment, rich in the history and culture of ancient Ireland, inspired much of the creativity and new writing on the recording.
Released worldwide 6th April 2010
Here is one nice video from Julie Fowlis . This is an EPK following the release of her latest album “Uam”. I love Julie Fowlis and the freshness she has brought into traditional music.