Western Soil

by Mentana

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Western Soil 02:56
Shutdown 04:14
WHERE ARE YOU ? Lyrics: original poem in French and Innu by Josephine Bacon, translated and adapted by Robin-Joël Cool Music: Robin-Joël Cool Performe by Mentana You’re going to the city Believing in a better life In your evasion, You evade yourself You’re going from meetings to meetings You tell a story that resembles yours You’re going so far Away from your birth Your escape doesn’t dance no more Music has lost its rhythm You stagger toward the light Like a mayfly that burns its wings Chorus: Where are you in your unfinished life – please Where are you so I won’t loose you - please Where are you so I won’t forget you - please Where are you in your nowhere A scarlet sun greets you You’re somewhere else You’re a frightened little girl Who’s lost her own language You’re out there Where you’ve lost yourself Your cry for help flew away To the worried northern wind You pray to be heard so hard But your cry just keeps on quiet Your soul Returns home with your people
Gamblin' Man 04:44


After a few creative years, collaborations as varied as they were inspiring, an Eastern tour and even forays into movie music (which even earned a Jutra award!), the folk band Mentana will launch its first EP this fall.

Western Soil is about exodus, travel, uprooting—five songs, from personal to universal, that track the east-to-west black-gold rush (Shutdown, Western Soil), that plumb the depths of addiction (Gamblin’ Man), and that root around the lonely heart of the traveller (Islands and Rupees).

Western Soil is also a musical exploration that pushes boundaries, weaving from the nostalgia of the Wurlitzer’s whine to unshakeable First-Nations rhythms, from tight harmonies to flights of musical fancy. Mentana is also completely current: the album notably includes Where Are You, based on a poem by the Innu writer Joséphine Bacon that deals with the disappearances of native women.

Mentana is the rusty voice of a New Brunswick kid from a working-class family (Robin-Joël Cool), an unbridled pianist from the Gaspé coast (Viviane Audet), an Argentine borrowed from the Mile-End tango clique (Pablo Seib), a guitarist who pours concrete by day (Jo Fournier) and a stray cat from Granby that lets loose on Vietnamese drums (Yannick Parent). Onstage, the complicity among the five musicians is obvious, and their energy is contagious. Mentana’s audiences are already singing along to those words that slip so easily beneath the skin.


released September 2, 2014


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Mentana Montréal, Québec

Mentana :
Robin Joel Cool, Viviane Audet, Pablo Seib, Yannick Parent & Jonathan Fournier.

Management: www.cesaratto.com
Official website: www.mentana.ca

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