Band of the Day

2014.05.06

Philippe B

Sample the Francophone musical landscape with timeless pop from a Quebecois singer-songwriter
J'ai peur de remonter trop vite des profondeurs, De laisser mon coeur exploser, De laisser ma peau s'exposer.
lyrics from La complainte du scaphandrier

Written and produced by Philippe B himself, Ornithologie, la nuit offers timeless classic pop songs. With this fourth studio album, he reasserts his strong songwriting skills as well as his enviable position on the Francophone musical landscape. Considered as one of the great Quebecois singer-songwriters (VOIR), Philippe B recorded his latest opus in Montreal at Studio Taxidermie, Studio Victor and the Chapelle St-Louis. Abandoning the classical music samples, the key element of his previous effort, Philippe creates here a late-night soundtrack, both modern and vintage, by juxtaposing wind instruments and two female voices (Audrey-Michèle Simard's and Amélie Mandeville's). Translating Philippe's nightbird tendencies, the 14 songs of the album describe the course of a protagonist from the shadows to the light. Spread out over the course of one year, Ornithologie, la nuit accompanies the main character on his search for meaning and daily pleasures in order to achieve healing as the year progresses. Following the release of his third album, Variations fantômes (2011), Philippe B, along with the Molinari Quartet and a chamber orchestra, performed sold-out shows at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Club Soda and Église St-Jean-Baptiste. Between these concerts and the composition of Ornithologie, la nuit, Philippe put his multiple talents to good use by producing albums for Groenland, Isabelle Boulay, Les soeurs Boulay and Carl-Éric Hudon. In addition to recently lending a hand to Pierre Lapointe on the song Les Callas, he also wrote the original soundtrack for Éric Morin’s latest film, Chasse au Godard d’Abbittibbi.