Debut EP, ‘Du pouvoir’ gets UK release on 22nd January on Heavenly Recordings – Listen to “Du pouvoir/ Power“
London headline show at The Waiting Room on 23rd February
Plus UK/EU tour dates supporting Baxter Dury in February and March
“beautiful and enchanting psych-pop” – Gorilla Vs Bear
“Halo Maud is French pop at its best” – The Line of Best Fit
“Sumptuous pop music of a decidedly French persuasion; charming and biting in all the right places” – GoldFlakePaint
French multi-instrumentalist Halo Maud has announced that her debut EP ‘Du pouvoir’ will finally see a UK/EU release on 22nd January on Heavenly Recordings. Originally out on her Canadian label Michel Records back in March 2017, the tracks on the EP are the product of solo experiments alongside collaborations with Maxime Le Guil (Camille, Radiohead, Soko), and Robin Leduc. The UK/EU edition will also includes an additional fourth song, “Dans La Nuit”.
Maud says of the EP, “It is all about the beginning and the end: Baptism being the second birth (START), Du Pouvoir dealing with self-confidence and how to find your place in the world (CONSTRUCTION), and À La Fin (literally “At The END”), about what we keep and lose after love has gone. Dans La Nuit is actually the very first song I wrote in French, and has all been written during the night, and dans la nuit, we float, we escape until the next day is coming. The fact that I finally refused to choose between French and English ended up making sense when I signed to Heavenly Recordings, a double sign from heaven!”
Lead track “Du pouvoir / Power” is a song about aimless wandering
Maud will also headline London’s The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on Friday 23rd February and perform at Heavenly Recordings’ Hebden Bridge weekender the next day. These shows take place during her UK/EU tour with Baxter Dury. Full info is as follows:
Monday 19th February – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds ^
Tuesday 20th February – Stereo, Glasgow ^
Wednesday 21st February – Gorilla, Manchester ^
Thursday 22nd February – Lantern, Bristol ^
Friday 23rd February – The Waiting Room, London *HEADLINE SHOW*
Saturday 24th February – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge – *MATINEE SHOW*
Sunday 25th February – Chato’do, Blois, France ^
Monday 26th February – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France ^
Tuesday 27th February – Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland ^
Thursday 1st March – Epicerie Moderne, Feyzin, France ^
Friday 2nd March – Krakatoa, Bordeaux, France ^
Saturday 3rd March – Atabal, Biarritz, France ^
Monday 5th March – Stereolux, Nantes, France ^
Tuesday 6th March – Aeronef, Lille, France ^
Wednesday 7th March- La Cartonnerie, Reims, France ^
Thursday 8th March – Botanique, Brussels, Belgium ^
^ supporting Baxter Dury
About Halo Maud:
Halo Maud was revealed to the public in 2015 by La Souterraine, a collective determined to uncover and promote French talent. Her high-brow pop, which she sees as a kind of lab in which she examines the passage of time, has already garnered the attention of French newspapers Libération, Le Monde and Les Inrocks magazine, and led her to perform with her band at La Route du Rock in August 2016, a highly influential and renowned festival in Britanny.
If the forest and boulders among which she grew up have left a mark on her inner world, it manifests itself first through her obsession with time, which “never passes at the right speed”, and her marked inclination for the weightless melodies that guide her writing.
Halo Maud is constantly searching, for a sound, her voice, and the meaning of just about everything. That’s probably why she refuses to choose between French and English, between song structures and epic trances, between reverb-drenched vocals and intimately close breathing. She assembles and cuts up undulating guitars, percussion, and the voices of children, the elements over which she lets her voice scale vertiginous heights.
Her lyrics are also often about searching for something, and a certain idea of solitude; whether it’s a matter of self-confidence, rites of passage, or loves that have come and gone, it’s always somewhere between waiting and running away. Because of an unfortunate tendency to want everything, she’s always attempting to be both precise and vague, to reconcile convoluted harmonies and spontaneity.
Du pouvoir EP Tracklisting:
1. Du Pouvoir / Power (En/Fr Alt.version)
3. À La Fin
4. Dans La Nuit
Du pouvoir EP Artwork:
Watch the video for previous single, “Baptism”: