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Sudbury musician Edouard Landry releasing new album

Album release party is at Place des Arts Nov. 18
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Edouard Landry.

There’s a poem by Robert Dickson, the famed Franco-Ontarian author, that explains how to live like a poet. One bit of advice is to feel it when the band gets into it.

That feeling is definitely there when you listen to Sudbury musician Edouard Landry’s new album, Forteresse.

Here’s a singer-songwriter who is clearly fronting a band. His crew is tight and bright with a contagious vitality that you feel at the gut level, said press material issued by the artist.

Forteresse is the sort of album that helps you rise above it all, said press material from the artist. 

It’s energizing music that’s meant to befriend everyday life, rather than plow through it. The overall attitude is a measured sense of confidence in one’s ability to face life’s challenges. That comes in part from lessons learned in times of social distancing, about who we are, what is ours and what isn’t.

The 10 tracks on this album form an arc of unity in diversity. The first songs (Quarantaine, Rappel) lay the foundation with lively rock rhythms, shimmering electric guitar licks and quivering organ riffs. Then comes an accordion-laced country-sounding number (Minuterie) that somehow feels right in place with the rock that precedes it. 

Further into the album, there are heartwarming phrases of violin (Forteresse) and steel guitar (La fin des terres) in compositions with rhythms that become a bit more intricate, yet remain squarely in the album’s groove.

All told, Forteresse serves up a rich palette of sounds that stand together organically. It’s a carefully crafted studio recording that captures the feeling of live music. It’s what can happen when an accomplished singer songwriter heads to the studio with accomplished musical friends.

The official launch date for Landry’s new album Forteresse is Nov. 16. An album launch concert with a full band will happen two days later, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., at Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury in the Desjardins Studio.

To get tickets for this event, to purchase the album, to view video clips of album tracks and to learn more about Ed Landry’s musical career, visit this website.