Vishtèn Mōsaïk

Vishtèn Mōsaïk
Vishtèn are composed of twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc, who hail from PEI, and Pascal Miousse (from the Magdalen Islands). Produced by Éloi Painchaud (Okoumé, Jorane, Stephen Faulkner) at his Laurentians studio, Mōsaïk the fourth release for the now Montreal-based Celtic-Acadian folk trio. The fan-funded album features an even split of their instrumental compositions and traditional vocal tunes adapted and arranged from their original versions. Celebrating the musical repertoire of Québécois and Acadian traditional songs, the trio can muster up the same foot-stomping joie-de-vivre of Genticorum or Le Vent du Nord, but differentiate themselves by their stronger ties to the Celtic tradition. Pascal Miousse contributes much to the record's fiery spirit, with his dynamic playing on fiddle, mandolin and guitar, while his gritty lower register voice contrasts perfectly with the twin's airy vocals as back-up or when taking the lead on "Le Vieux Pi La Vieille." Opener "Tobie Lapierre" and final cut "L'âme À P'tit Jean" beautifully bookend Mōsaïkwith melodic exuberance, innovative arrangements and emotive harmonies. (Independent)