This is something we have never done before here.
We are posting an album in its entirety.
We may never do this again. It's a rare album that is worthy of such a focus and such praise. This is that rare album.
And, on this Canada Day, I chose an album that thoroughly celebrates a part of Canada.
At the beginning of June, I mentioned in a blog post an all-piano album that I could not stop listening to. I still can't. I first heard the album on its day of release, thanks to Spotify, and in fact listened to it more than once that day. I was on vacation and sitting in a hotel room, and... it hit me just right.
The artist is Cœur de Pirate, and the album is Perséides. It is, thus far, my favorite album I've heard this year. Clocking in at just over a half hour, it is 100% piano. There is no vocal. There is no other instrument I can hear.
This is a woman who, because of surgery, could (temporarily) not talk, let alone sing, and yet she found a way to compose, perform and release these deeply personal songs about places in Quebec that mean so much to her. It's truly magic.
If you are not able to hear the album using the Spotify link, here it is on YouTube. It is a playlist that starts from the first track: