French multi-instrumentalist Halo Maud has announced her debut album, Je Suis Une île (which translates as "I Am An Island") due 25th May on Heavenly Recordings. Hailing from the French proggy, psychedelic and experimental pop scene that birthed Melody’s Echo Chamber, Moodoïd and cult label La Souterraine, Halo Maud's ethereal songs flit between English and French language, focussing on notions of freedom and power through a wild and playful lens.
Maud will headline London's Sebright Arms on Tuesday 15th May, as well as perform at The Great Escape, Midi, Port Eliot and Lunar festivals, amongst others. Full dates are as follows:
Tuesday 15th May: London, Sebright Arms, UK
Thursday 17th May: The Great Escape festival, Brighton, UK
Friday 18th May: The Great Escape festival, Brighton, UK
Sunday 27th May: Paris, La Gaîté Lyrique, FR (supporting Phoenix)
Thursday 31st May: Paris, La Gaîté Lyrique, FR (supporting Phoenix)
Thursday 7th June: Anvers, SWTC festival, BE
Friday 20th July: Hyères, Midi festival, FR
Friday 27th July: Port Eliot festival, Cornwall, UK
Saturday 28th July: Lunar festival, Birmingham, UK
Today, she shares 'Tu Sais Comme Je Suis’, and says about it, "This song is about the end of a love story, a kind of resigned assessment in slow motion of the state of the body and of a state of mind - "you know how I am" - there's nothing we can do anymore, and your body begins to float, slowly escaping until disintegrating itself."
Lead track "Du pouvoir / Power" is a song about aimless wandering. Listen below.
French multi-instrumentalist Halo Maud has announced that her debut EP 'Du pouvoir' will finally see a UK/EU release on 22nd January on Heavenly Recordings. Originally out on her Canadian label Michel Records back in March 2017, the tracks on the EP are the product of solo experiments alongside collaborations with Maxime Le Guil (Camille, Radiohead, Soko), and Robin Leduc. The UK/EU edition will also includes an additional fourth song, "Dans La Nuit".
Maud says of the EP, "It is all about the beginning and the end: Baptism being the second birth (START), Du Pouvoir dealing with self-confidence and how to find your place in the world (CONSTRUCTION), and À La Fin (literally "At The END"), about what we keep and lose after love has gone. Dans La Nuit is actually the very first song I wrote in French, and has all been written during the night, and dans la nuit, we float, we escape until the next day is coming. The fact that I finally refused to choose between French and English ended up making sense when I signed to Heavenly Recordings, a double sign from heaven!"
Maud will also headline London's The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on Friday 23rd February and perform at Heavenly Recordings' Hebden Bridge weekender the next day. These shows take place during her UK/EU tour with Baxter Dury. Full info is as follows:
Monday 19th February - Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Tuesday 20th February - Stereo, Glasgow
Wednesday 21st February - Gorilla, Manchester
Thursday 22nd February - Lantern, Bristol
Friday 23rd February - The Waiting Room, London *HEADLINE SHOW*
Saturday 24th February - The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge - *MATINEE SHOW*
Sunday 25th February - Chato'do, Blois, France
Monday 26th February - La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
Tuesday 27th February - Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
Thursday 1st March - Epicerie Moderne, Feyzin, France
Friday 2nd March - Krakatoa, Bordeaux, France
Saturday 3rd March - Atabal, Biarritz, France
Monday 5th March - Stereolux, Nantes, France
Tuesday 6th March - Aeronef, Lille, France
Wednesday 7th March- La Cartonnerie, Reims, France
Thursday 8th March - Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
Following the announcement of her signing to Heavenly Recordings, French singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Halo Maud will be joining Prince of Tears Baxter
Dury on tour in February
Halo Maud also recently shared the video for new single, "Baptism" - watch it below...
New Heavenly Recordings signing, the French singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Halo Maud has teamed up with Montreal art-rockers Corridor for "Deux
In "Deux coeurs", we recognise Corridor's signature detailed and dissonant style. Their second album, Supermercado, was released last Spring on Michel Records. Halo Maud, the driving force behind the very well-received Du Pouvoir EP, enters the track head-on to the beat of crashing cymbals, her voice lilting upwards, completely entranced.
The combination of the band's halting progression and the singer's catchy melody is what gives the song its power, as it addresses the heart's schizophrenic tendencies: cold and passive on the one hand, and on the other, striving for escape and going away.
Heavenly Recordings are excited to announce the signing of French singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Halo Maud, who also releases her brand-new video for "Baptism" today.
Inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, Halo Maud envisioned “something like a ballet of mysterious, determined, somewhat magical women warriors living in communion with nature”. The result is a psychedelic, hypnotic, pastoral trip directed by the Parisian collective, Deezooit (pronounced like the French "dix-huit"), who are animation, pop culture, color and music fanatics.
In this realm, "Baptism" is seen as a rite of passage: rebirth as a savage, woman of many faces. The childlike voice at the beginning matures into a woman’s voice, then multiplies into a choir for an explosive and intoxicating climax.
Halo Maud was revealed to the public in 2015 by La Souterraine, a collective determined to uncover and promote French talent. Her high-brow pop, which she sees as a kind of lab in which
she examines the passage of time, has already garnered the attention of French newspapers Libération, Le Monde and Les Inrocks magazine, and led her to perform with her band
at La Route du Rock in August 2016, a highly influential and renowned festival in Britanny.
If the forest and boulders among which she grew up have left a mark on her inner world, it manifests itself first through her obsession with time, which "never passes at the right speed”, and her marked inclination for the weightless melodies that guide her writing.
Halo Maud is constantly searching, for a sound, her voice, and the meaning of just about everything. That's probably why she refuses to choose between French and English, between song structures and epic trances, between reverb-drenched vocals and intimately close breathing. She assembles and cuts up undulating guitars, percussion, and the voices of children, the elements over which she lets her voice scale vertiginous heights.
Her lyrics are also often about searching for something, and a certain idea of solitude; whether it's a matter of self-confidence, rites of passage, or loves that have come and gone, it's always somewhere between waiting and running away. Because of an unfortunate tendency to want everything, she's always attempting to be both precise and vague, to reconcile convoluted harmonies and spontaneity.
Her first EP Du pouvoir was released on March 24, 2017, on Michel Records. The 3 tracks on the EP are the product of solo experiments alongside collaborations with Maxime Le Guil (Camille, Radiohead, Soko) and, more recently, with Robin Leduc