CHANGING WINDS, PLUS TÔT AND MORE PIECES COMPOSED BY STRÉLISKI FEATURED ON HBO’S SHARP OBJECTS
“INSCAPE” THE NEW ALBUM, OUT OCTOBER 5th VIA SECRET CITY RECORDS
ALEXANDRA STRÉLISKI is thrilled to share a video for her latest single “Changing Winds,” off INSCAPE, her new album out October 5th via Secret City Records.
The video is premiering today via CBC Music and Self-Titled Magazine. Since Stréliski’s album launch-show in her hometown Montreal has been sold-out months in advance, she’s also happy to announce new concerts dates in Montreal and Quebec City. See below for full dates.
Directed by Vincent René-Lortie, the video is inspired by the feeling of being cloistered in a box. “We’ve all experienced this feeling of being restrained by rules to follow as if we were all destined to become the same person. In these boxes, illustrated here by apartment towers, countless people have built their homes, but have trouble connecting with each other. With a simple story, I tried to illustrate this moment of understanding, where the artist realizes that she has two choices; either to accept or to destroy these four walls. Changing Winds is a state of desire and a fear of change. It is the origin of an explosion,” explains Vincent.
The song itself was “inspired both by Satie and John Cage, and conveys a very intimate mood,” tells us Alexandra. “It’s the piece where things are slowly changing for me, but I am keeping that for myself. We recorded it on an old upright Steinway, with both soft pedals on.”
Stréliski has been in the spotlight this Summer following an incredible artistic collaboration with Jean-Marc Vallée for his latest HBO miniseries Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams.
Alexandra was included in the process of using her music and tailored pieces were requested from the pianist. In the end, Alexandra’s pieces from both her previous album Pianoscope and her new release INSCAPE are heard multiple times in six of the eight episodes, including the crucial scene of the finale, which aired last August 26th. Alexandra also wrote the theme for the third episode and recorded a Bach Concerto for Sharp Objects which was released last July.
Since then, her single Plus tôt is now over 2.5 million streams online and she’s been appearing on high-rated TV and radio shows such as Radio-Canada Les échangistes, CBC Radio ‘q’, RDI, Radio-Canada Médium Large and more.
Recorded in the Fall of 2017 at Studio PM in Montreal, INSCAPE is the work of an artist unconcerned with conventions, whose approach of neoclassicism is resolutely current. Produced by Alexandra Stréliski herself and Maxime Navert (who also co-produced Pianoscope), the attempt was to fill a certain emotional emptiness, a creative urge that commits to taking the listener back to a form of lost sincerity. “A piano, on its own, is a very vulnerable thing, and I want to share this moment with the listener,” explains Alexandra.
One of the rare women in the neoclassical world, Alexandra Stréliski creates music that enthralls listeners, filling their minds with rich, cinematic images. An artist of Polish Jewish origin who grew up between Paris and Montreal, she made her debut with the 2010 album Pianoscope. The aforementioned support of Jean-Marc Vallée, which allowed Stréliski’s music to be heard during the Oscars ceremony in 2014, brought her streaming numbers up to nearly 15 million and saw her play sold-out concerts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in recent years. The Telegraph (UK) praised her debut album as “distinguishable by its simplicity, its sensitivity and softness”.
Pre-order and Pre-Save the album to your music library here.
Own for the first time ever Pianoscope on vinyl here.
10/11/18 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Phi (Album launch) SOLD-OUT
10/18/18 – Paris, FR @ Les Trois Baudets (MaMA Festival)
02/22/19 – Montreal, QC @ Théâtre Outremont
03/01/19 – Quebec City, QC @ Palais Montcalm
03/29/19 – St-Jérôme, QC @ Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
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