With over a decade of success including multiple JUNO and ADISQ Award nominations, Platinum records, tens of millions of streams and sold-out shows, Bobby Bazini returns with Pearl, a new album and something of a musical renaissance. Pearl was inspired by learning about how pearls are formed by oysters to protect themselves from foreign objects, which reminded Bazini of a darker time through which he’d just emerged. It was produced with Connor Seidel, who helped Bazini create what he says is “a concept album right down to the very last detail… everything, absolutely everything was going to lead us back to the pearl.” After three weeks of writing, Bazini and Seidel assembled a “dream team” of musicians alongside sound engineer Charles-Émile Beaudin, including Robbie Kuster (Patrick Watson) on drums, percussion, bells and saw; Conner Molander (Half Moon Run) on keyboards; Éveline Rousseau (The Barr Brothers) on harp; Antoine Gratton on strings; and Félix Petit (Les Louanges) on flute and saxophone.
With power that builds throughout, Bazini’s gritty vocals on album opener “Pearl ” are mixed with dynamic musical orchestration that provides a smooth yet magnifying presence. Another highlight, “Waterfallin” is a robust, multi-octave track on which Bazini’s crisp vocals are on display alongside the background melody that imitates the sounds of a flowing waterfall. “I Don’t Talk To My Mother,” he says, was written “during the pandemic when I was feeling low from the isolation. I remember sitting at the wurly and writing all the words and thinking this is probably too personal to ever be released but.. here it is. Though the title may sound a little dramatic, it’s a song full of love & hope and I hope that it resonates with you.” Other highlights include “Ojalá,” one of the record’s only love songs, and “Forever Had To End,” written with Chris Stapleton.
“A radiant, relentless rush of soulful warmth and wonder.” – Atwood Magazine
“Between gospel and samba, soul, and folk, Bobby Bazini delivers an album with a sound that is his own and coherent from start to finish.” – EuroDay France
“[For] hose with a penchant for the more left-field aspects of blue-eyed soul and innovative soft rock.” – Soul & Jazz & Funk
Label: Spectra Musique
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