Music Review: Caroline Savoie - Laisse-moir rêver

A new, young voice on the East Coast music scene made her ECMA debut this past week in Halifax. 18-year old Caroline Savoie of Dieppe was on hand to perform some numbers from her brand-new 6-track E.P., Laisse-moi rêver, that's being released today. It's actually her second mini-album, a previous, english-language disc, Just Sayin', having been released in 2011.

A strong singer, Savoie makes an immediate impression on stage with her confidence, and certainly doesn't seem like a teenager. She's a fully-developed performer already, comfortable with an audience and able to bring her songs across. On disc, they are acoustic-based, singer-songwriter material, but fleshed out with bigger arrangements. Some have a delicate touch, such as the title cut, with includes piano throughout, and a dreamy cello part by Lovestorm's Tim Isaac. Si tu savais lets her rock out more, her ukelele joined by bass, drums, electric guitar, organ and horns, a bouncy number that also shows she has a growl in clear voice when she wants to summon it. These six cuts show a strong mix of styles, and fine writing thoughout, from someone who's going to have no trouble joining the ranks of Acadian roots performers.

The album is being launched with a special show today (Tuesday, March 12) with a show at the Empress Room of Moncton's Capitol Theatre, happening at 5:30 PM, and free and open to the public. A Montreal launch follows in April. This is also the first release from a brand-new music label, Le Grenier Musique, founded by Moncton's Carol Doucet, the hard-working artist manager and promotions whiz behind Lisa LeBlanc, Pascal Lejeune and several others.

more »

Latest East Coast Music Reviews

Music Review:  Gypsophilia - Night Swimming
Music Review: Gypsophilia - Night Swimming
May 21, 2:55 PM

Halifax's Gypsophilia has always been known for gypsy jazz reinvented into today's landscape, but now the group has taken it one step further with producer Joshua Van Tassel. Known for his electronic take on acoustic music, Van Tassel was brought... more »

Hartland-born Lee Palmer credits blues roots to classic East Coast acts
Hartland-born Lee Palmer credits blues roots to classic East Coast acts
May 20, 4:00 PM

Everybody remembers their first concerts, their first albums, their first influences for their favourite music. It stays with them through life, and usually everybody still loves those same songs, and looks back fondly on that experience. I recently discovered someone... more »

Solo single for one Hay Baby
Solo single for one Hay Baby
May 19, 2:18 PM

Young Acadian folk group Les Hay Babies have been on a bit of a break the last few months, after the flurry of excitement surrounding the group's first full album, 2014's Mon Homesick Heart. Over the last three years, they... more »

Grand Theft Bus helping out school arts program with new single
Grand Theft Bus helping out school arts program with new single
May 15, 2:03 PM

When long-running Fredericton favourites Grand Theft Bus take the stage Saturday night at Paddlefest in St. Andrews, they'll have a brand-new song to perform for the crowd. It just came out this week on the group's Bandcamp site, and it's... more »

The Secrets are secret no more
The Secrets are secret no more
May 14, 2:15 PM

Newfoundland trio The Secrets have been making inroads in the country scene over the past couple of years. The three University friends have had great success with live shows, featuring an exciting vocal blend, and getting major slots opening for... more »

Gypsophilia launching new album at this week's Paddlefest
Gypsophilia launching new album at this week's Paddlefest
May 13, 3:26 PM

There are a lot of traditions that go along with the Victoria Day weekend in May. As the first long weekend in the nicer months of the year, it's considered the kick-off to summer. For some, that means opening up... more »

View all reviews for May 2015 »

About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

Share this review