Mercure en mai

Released on October 14, 2022
1.Au vent des idées
2.Soleil levant
3.Dormir dans l'auto
5.Oh no !!!
6.J'entends tout ce qui joue ( dans ta tête )
7.Pendu aux étoiles
8.Avec des fleurs
10.Il faut s'accorder

Today singer-songwriter Daniel Bélanger announces that his brand new album, Mercure en mai,” will be available October 14 via Secret City Records.

It’s a cold February morning, during yet another pandemic wave. Daniel Bélanger is wandering the streets of Mile-Ex. Hands in his pockets, head down, he ponders the countless consequences of the current health crisis, including the fact that it’s now impossible to sit down in a café, like he enjoys doing so much.

 After stopping by a spot where he’s a regular and ordering a latte to-go, he recognizes somebody among a group of people gathered around a public bench. Greetings, introductions, small talk — Daniel Bélanger isn’t aware of it yet, but he’s making real friends, with whom he will get through the next few weeks of lockdown, over warm cups of joe. 

You could say that each of the 10 tracks that make up Mercure en mai come from such happenstance. From thoughtful words to sudden surprises, to these “little Californias” that exist inside of us. The music is alternately sparse and lush, with looping motifs and secret passageways. It’s an impromptu portrait, capturing the things that are unplanned, unreasonable. 

A small band, namely Guillaume Doiron (bass) and Robbie Kuster (drums), stopped by Daniel’s studio before Pierre Girard mixed this hypnotic Mercure en mai, which provides us with the breath of fresh air we all needed. 

Daniel Bélanger needs no introduction. This beloved, free-spirited singer-songwriter has released more than ten albums, won countless Félix awards, and earned numerous Gold and Platinum records. Having recently won the Instrumental Album of the Year award at the Gala de l’ADISQ, he performed at a few festivals this summer.