Cœur de pirate Discusses Her New Album and How Losing Herself Helped Her Find Inspiration Again

Cœur de pirate Discusses Her New Album and How Losing Herself Helped Her Find Inspiration Again

Béatrice Martin has just returned to Montreal from France, where the artist known as Cœur de pirate has been recording her fourth album. Despite nagging jet lag, she is content — considering the year she’s had, a notable achievement.   What happened? Everything started crumbling around her. After Martin released her last effort, 2015’s Roses, she toured relentlessly for a year-and-a-half, performing about […]

U.S. Girls Achieve Balance Between Pissed Off and Buoyant on 'In a Poem Unlimited'

U.S. Girls Achieve Balance Between Pissed Off and Buoyant on 'In a Poem Unlimited'

On her last album as U.S. Girls, 2015’s Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted Half Free, Meg Remy’s sample-based songwriting reached storytelling heights only previously hinted at by turning a spotlight on women’s lives. She used each song to explore “a different female character that was expressing some sort inner narrative,” she told Impose magazine that year. But where Remy tried to occupy […]

An Essential Guide to Superchunk

An Essential Guide to Superchunk

The plethora new sounds that exploded out the ’90s was staggering. And while many the decade’s most singular artists continue to do great things both in the mainstream and the underground,  few have remained as artistically ambitious, consistent and wedded to their original ethos as Chapel Hill, NC quartet Superchunk. Certainly none sounded like they were having as much fun. […]

Zaki Ibrahim Faced Down Tragedy and Found Joy Making 'The Secret Life of Planets'

Zaki Ibrahim Faced Down Tragedy and Found Joy Making 'The Secret Life of Planets'

At its zenith, music is an emotional statement. For Zaki Ibrahim, the creation her new album, The Secret Life Planets, is neurochemistry in motion.   Having experienced the death her father and the birth her son within a four-month span, emotional reflections on time and purposeful existence became paramount for the album, the West coast-born vocalist and songwriter’s first since […]