Published Aug 26, 2015Thundering drums, strings taking flight, choruses like tidal waves; Roses is Béatrice Martin's biggest and boldest vision yet as Coeur de pirate. The atmospherics and production are wilder, colder and lusher than Martin's previous two records. The expansiveness, in part, is Martin's decision to push herself outside her comfort zone, leaving Montreal and collaborating with producers Bjorn Yttling (Robyn, Lykke Li), Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Bat For Lashes, Cold Specks) and Ash Workman (Metronomy). This is art-pop at its finest.
Daring herself to experiment sonically doesn't detract from Roses' vulnerability. In fact, Martin never hides her pirate heart. On the anthemic lead single "Carry On" (English and French versions brilliantly bookend Roses, bringing the listener and Martin full circle), she turns hardship into something beautiful, creating a past that informs elements of the present, but doesn't dictate it.
In both English and French, Martin dares to map the highs and intense lows of her experiences ("Cast Away" and "Oceans Brawl" are standouts): moving through heartbreak, discovering new sources of joy (motherhood), fighting for love, coming out the other side. In generously articulating the full spectrum of her feelings, Martin shows us a story of surviving and, eventually, thriving. (Dare To Care)