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Geoffroy: the call of folk and the countryside

Accustomed to going on trips all the time and inflaming the crowds with his electro-pop songs, Geoffroy took advantage of the pandemic to slow down the pace. In his life and in his music.

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The photo that accompanies this article also shows the 34-year-old musician in his new environment. Geoffroy Sauvé recently owned a chalet in Saint-Sévère, a small village in Mauricie, 15 minutes from Trois-Rivières.

For a guy constantly in his suitcases who lived at a hundred miles an hour and had until very recently his pied-à-terre on the Plateau-Mont-Royal, the change of scenery is drastic.

He needed it, says the ex-candidate of The voice.

“I am in the middle of potato and wheat fields in a village of 300 inhabitants. The pace of life is completely different from the city, it’s less stressful. »

“I am here, he continues, for the calm, serenity and tranquility of the countryside. In town, the atmosphere is more oppressive, more dark. Here, I feel less the pandemic and its negative sides. I do my stuff. It feels good. »

Back to basics

Although the seven songs on this aptly titled album Live Slow Die Wise (which can be translated as Living Slowly Dying Wisely) were composed in Montreal after the abrupt end, due to COVID-19, of the tour of his previous album, 1952, they fit perfectly with Geoffroy’s new rural way of life.

During their creation, without knowing that he was going to move to the countryside, he decided to turn his back, temporarily at least, on electronic music to favor organic instrumentation.

“I didn’t want to distort the songs in the studio, justifies Geoffroy. I wanted to keep them close to their base, either on guitar or piano. The best example is Life As It Comes, which we kept just piano-voice. That’s how I started making music singing on the piano or on the guitar. I wanted to release something that reminded me of my roots and my beginnings, and that took me out of the basics of electro and sampling. »

As My Old Man Always Said, the break-up song that opens the album, is another eloquent demonstration of what Geoffroy is saying. The title starts with simple acoustic guitar chords and you have to wait several seconds before bass, electric guitar and percussion are inserted, but gently, wisely avoiding stealing the limelight from Geoffroy’s vocals.

It’s folk, soothing, very airy. “More mature and more thoughtful”, weighs its creator.

The Cormier method

To achieve this result, Geoffroy called upon the highly sought-after service of Louis-Jean Cormier and his star team of Guillaume Chartrain and Marc-André Larocque.

The experience was very enriching.

“I arrived with the songs completely composed and written. It was a first. Usually I go to the studio for over a year with my friends and we produce and compose at the same time. This time, Louis-Jean told me that we had ten days in the studio. I realized that I couldn’t fool around. My songs had to be finished, I had to know them well and play them perfectly. This method was very effective”, admits Geoffroy.

Already head to the next one

Will it be useful for the future? The answer will come quickly since Geoffroy has already started composing the songs for the next album and everything indicates that the Mauritian chalet will then serve as a base camp.

“I justify my expense by telling myself that I will compose my next album here. I have all my instruments, my pianos, my amps. There is enough space to accommodate all my employees. In the spring and summer, I will invite them to do the preproduction of the next chapter. I am thinking about this. »

Live Slow Die Wise will be available on January 19. If the performance halls reopen in time, Geoffroy will be at the Cabaret Cogeco in Trois-Rivières on March 5, at the MTelus in Montreal on March 11 and at the Impérial Bell in Quebec City on March 25. A Canadian tour is scheduled for April.

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