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.
pendant le virage western du sud de marilyn manson avec PALE EMPEROR... je découvre paradis city de Jean Leloup au même moment. style sonore et lirycale qui percute et envahis mon univers musical en ce mois de mars 2015... Katherine Summers