TUNE Laurent Bourque - Lightning Mood
Shares new single ‘Lightning Mood’
Taken from new album 'Blue Hour' due 31st January 2020
"Smooth with concealed edges, it's ("matador") a striking reminder that love is painted by many colours, and seeing them all is better than not seeing them at all." - Earmilk
Canadian indie-pop singer-songwriter Laurent Bourque pre-empts his forthcoming and highly anticipated album ‘Blue Hour’, which is due in early 2020 on 31st January, with a brand new single entitled ‘Lightning Mood’.
‘Lightning Mood’ is a song about morality in love. About the individual desires that co-exist between two people and how we can struggle to align them. It’s a song that was written in Paris by Laurent and French DJ/producer Nicolas Gueguen who mostly works in the electronic world and has collaborated with greats like Talib Kweli.
Laurent describes the track in more detail: "The end goal is the same for everyone, we all want to make it through and see things to the end. This is what the chorus is about. The hope for everyone is that the day feels truly and authentically ours. Like it’s going to end in a magical way.”
‘Blue Hour’ invites you into an exploration of loss and new beginnings through pensive, chic piano-driven pop. The Toronto singer-songwriter presents 11 titles drenched in poetic expression anchored by shining piano melodies, sweeping synthesisers and blissful orchestral arrangements.
After touring his 2014 debut album ‘Pieces of Your Past’, which won him Canada’s Stringray Rising Star Award, Laurent decided to put on the brakes and rethink his approach to songwriting. During a lengthy creative ennui, Laurent was introduced to the idea of co-writing.
Collaboration would be the creative key to the material in ‘Blue Hour’. “When you write with other people, you can bounce things off each other and the best idea always wins,” he says. “Which always makes for better art.”
In 2018 after surpassing a personal goal to write 100 new songs, Laurent teamed up with producer Dan Ledwell (Jenn Grant, Fortunate Ones) and longtime collaborator and drummer Jamie Kronick to record the album. Together, they took their time and created an album full of self-analytical characterisations rooted in swaying grooves and melancholic yet sanguine memories.
‘Blue Hour’ is twilight’s shining moment of natural, unwrinkled radiance. A mellow and vibrant hue that casts itself atop of landscapes, skylines and people going about their lives. As portrayed in Laurent’s words and melodies, ‘Blue Hour’ is an uninhibited reminder to stop and takes in what’s beautiful as it happens.
Following Laurent’s first foray into playing in the UK, more Canadian and European dates are to be announced soon.