Le Bleu Festival de Musique Émergente, Rouyn-Noranda QC, September 2
Published Sep 03, 2017There's very little information available about this new project from former Plants and Animals bandmates Adèle Trottier-Rivard (Louis-Jean Cormier) and Nicolas Basque (Philémon Cimon) – just an Instagram account online and no public recordings to speak of – so Le Bleu's set at FME's converted church concert hall offered an intimate first look at what's to come.
While a festival bio offered The xx as a close approximation, this brief display of shimmering dream pop drifted along a more glacial path. Despite their name, there was a gentle warmth shining through.
Working with a guitar, keys, and a bank of effects pedals, all the marks of aching beauty, minimal percussion, and lyrical diarism were there, and indeed, the pair seemed committed to an emphasis on multi-media immersion, the room decorated with a series of miniature televisions set up sporadically across the stage for the opening set – sparse, sparkly stuff that swelled up all around you and kept you warm.