A CONSTELLATION OF MUSIC FOR OUR UNIVERSE: CANADIAN INUK POLAR-POP STAR ELISAPIE SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM IN THE US THERE WILL BE STARS ON JUNE 7TH
VIA THE MUSEBOX DISTRIBUTION/EMI MUSIC
ALBUM CURRENTLY OUT IN CANADA AND ABOUT TO REACH CANADIAN GOLD CERTIFICATION
NEW YORK CITY ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
THE LIVING ROOM
154 LUDLOW ST. NYC 10002
-JUNE 8TH 9:00PM-
-JUNE 13TH 9:00PM-
“[The] songs show off Isaac’s extraordinary gift for melody, and the poetic economy of her lyrics, as her cool yet immediate style of singing migrates through flinty pop to French cabaret to a spooky idiom full of reverberant guitars. The arrangements (mostly by producer Éloi Painchaud) are both daring and subtle…. A wonderful record.”
– The Globe and Mail
“There Will be Stars evokes a magnificent sound-world; each song is a pearl of polar beauty. Her upbringing in the Great North is evident in the poppy melancholy of the album — never sinking into despair but never rising much beyond a sincere smile.”
– The Beacon Pass
“ There Will Be Stars is the world music section’s offering in reply to the latest by Dido, or Cat Power, or Madeleine Peyroux.”
– Lip Magazine
(New York City, NY) – Elisapie, Canadian native and Inuk songstress, is gearing up to release her highly anticipated debut album in the US, There Will Be Stars on June 7, 2011 (Avalanche Productions, Distributed in USA by The MuseBox Distribution/EMI Music). In April of this year, Elisapie made her premiere in the US at New York’s The Living Room for a three day residency. The intimate Soho-based venue has invited her back on June 8th for her official US CD release showcase (9:00PM; She will play an additional show at The Living Room on Monday, June 13th). The evening will introduce Elisapie to the people of New York and will feature her creative roots in Inuit folk music, her melodic predisposition for pop and mainstream as well as her intoxicating combination of her traditional Inuit and pop-oriented influences.
There Will Be Stars, which TIME OUT NEW YORK called, “delicate and haunting” was produced by Eloi Painchaud (Jorane, Antoine Gratton, Steve Faulkner). The album was originally released exclusively in Canada through Maple Music in association with Vega Musique/Pheromone Recordings (Beast, Sarah Slean) and is already halfway to Canadian Gold Certification. Elisapie is best known as the former vocalist for the internationally acclaimed 2005 Juno award winning duo Taïma.
The songs on There Will Be Stars are an elegant display of Elisapie’s trail-blazing genre of “polar pop,” borrowing elements from old English folk songs, traditional Inuit music of her homeland, and modern pop/rock trends, while incorporating a linguistic trinity of English, French, and Inuit vocals. As a result, the album has garnered excellent reviews from leading Canadian outlets including The Montreal Gazette and, Vancouver’s Straight and The Globe and Mail. There Will Be Stars has generated a burgeoning buzz in the US as well, with her debut performance (residency) in New York City and a stint as part of the renowned all-female touring festival, Lilith Fair 2010. In addition, Elisapie was asked to perform at the closing night concert for the 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival, presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.
Elisapie was born of an Inuk mother and a Newfoundland father. An Inuit family adopted her at birth, where she was traditionally raised in the isolated community of Salluit, Nunavik- The Great North. For Elisapie, the North is not the top of the world but the center of her world. “My grandfather used to say that to avoid getting lost,” Elisapie says, “you always have to look to where you’ve come from.” Elisapie keeps this advice close to her heart as it was her upbringing that shaped who she has become. In 2003, she directed a documentary entitled, “Si Le Temps Le Permet” which introduces the world to Elisapie’s Inuit roots and her lifetime journey. The documentary can seen here: