(Photo by Elsiane) Elsiane is one of those few bands which immediately caught my attention after War-n from Hungry Lucy pointed them out to me a few years ago. The mix of sensual and very recognisable vocals by frontwoman Elsieanne Caplette swimming in subtle dark wavish pop (with a clear reference to Cocteau Twins) did its work really well.
Out now is “Sinai”, the brand new – and long-awaited – single by the female fronted duo Elsiane. And it’s again a perfect merge between these two highly talented musicians. Just check the new single below!
Peru and Canada united
Elsiane was formed in the year 2000, after singer/musician/composer Elsieanne Caplette emigrated to Montreal, Canada from Lima, Peru, and met drummer Stephane Sotto. The duo are an unlikely match to say the least, merging the classically trained Caplette with the self-taught Sotto, and doing so with unprecedented style. With shared influences spanning across jazz, rock, electronic and world music, and an intriguing nod to the trip hop of Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky, the pair creates a musical experience that is entirely unique.
The 2007 debut album Hybrid established them as the hottest new act in Canada, which was followed up by ecstatically received live performances, including tours with Delerium and Beast, as well as performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. A devoted live following began to form, drawn to the shadow-filled dreamscapes of songs like “Vaporous,” and the arresting visuals and the hypnotic intensity of Elsieanne Caplette’s voice and stage presence.
In 2012 Elsiane followed Hybrid with a self-produced second album, Mechanics of Emotion, which further galvanized both their sound and following. Their third album, Death of the Artist, was released independently in 2017, receiving high praise and being regarded by many as their best work. Elsiane then began working non-stop, with two European tours, performing with Cirque Du Soleil, and releasing an album in collaboration with science fiction author Rich Shapero for his multimedia interactive novel Rin, Tongue and Dorner.
After the passing of Sotto’s father in 2018, the duo settled down and began to write a new album in dedication to his memory. They feel inspired to take their creativity to the next level and embark on a new chapter, and with the first single “Sinai” out in June 2020, fans will get a preview of the forthcoming transformative era of Elsiane.
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