Flore Laurentienne unveils the track “L’Île-aux-oies” and the album 8 tableaux inspired by the works of Riopelle, releases Friday

Today Flore Laurentienne, Mathieu David Gagnon’s incomparable project, shares the final single “L’Île-aux-Oies,” before the release of his album 8 tableaux available this Friday. Preorder it HERE. Drawing inspiration from the works of Jean Paul Riopelle during the composition of this opus, Mathieu is now preparing for two sold-out concerts in late March at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Salle Bourgie, alongside more than 15 musicians.  

The composer explains the creation of this song, which was inspired by its namesake in the middle of St. Lawrence’s River – an island closed to the public: “This is a musical tableau where three cycles of slightly different lengths cross each other to create an ever-changing rhythm.” An animated video directed by Joey Proteau accompanies the release, illustrating the three intercrossing cycles in order to bring the melody’s concept to life. 

Click HERE to listen to the song “L’Île-aux-Oies. 

Click HERE to watch the animated video for “L’Île-aux-Oies. 

This opus is part of a residency project with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) that took place last November, surrounded by works selected for their depth and landscape dimension, serving as a prelude to the major concerts on March 23 and 24, at the MMFA’s Salle Bourgie. But first Flore Laurentienne will head to Ottawa on February 29 for a concert at the National Arts Centre. Buy your tickets HERE. 

The first singles, “Au couchant” and “Autriche III,” as well as Flore Laurentienne’s appearance at the Trans Musicales de Rennes in France, have already aroused the curiosity of the media: Billboard’s selection of the week; “the song and the visuals of the single evoke a sensation of imposing calm – a style that draws the listener into a state of prolonged contemplation,” a review in Le Monde comparing him to Jean-Michel Jarre, and several mentions in Les Inrocks, Tsugi Magazine, Le Journal de Québec, Radio-Canada and more. According to CBC Music, “8 Tableaux” is also one of the must-have albums of 2024. “Au couchant” also received support from BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio in the United Kingdom.