The Rosier group reinterprets traditional songs in a very inspired way in the aptly named Slightly, a true bewitching and airy folk jewel, both contemporary and deeply rooted in its roots. Portrait in a few points of a band that slowly evolves a genre.
Rosier is four girls and a boy who have known each other since childhood. “In fact, I’m the youngest, we’ve known each other since I was born! », Explains singer and violinist Béatrix Méthé – two of the members, Colin and Marie Savoie-Levac, are moreover brother and sister. The five friends are now between 25 and 30 years old and several have studied music at CEGEP and university. But it is the fact of having bathed in the Lanaudière soil of traditional music, in families who are part of this musical scene, that has influenced them the most. Trad came naturally when they started making music a dozen years ago in Les poules à Colin, which made three albums before becoming Rosier in 2017. “We really grew up together, musically and humanly. The fact that Rosier is (very) predominantly female adds to its peculiarity, with its main voices and its rich and soft harmonies. But it is less a choice than linked to the fact that they have always rubbed shoulders. “We’ve never experienced anything else, we’ve always been four girls and Colin. There is something feminine in our music that shines through, but it is so natural for us, we are like a small family… ”
If Rosier has taken a more folk-pop direction in his music, the name change does not represent a new beginning since the core of the group remains exactly the same. “But the instrumentation is a little different,” explains Béatrix Méthé. We include more and more a sixth member on the drum [Olivier Bernatchez]. And the big change is that the acoustics are less accurate, there are more electric instruments, and even electronic ones. We have fun digging into lots of cultures that interest us, we listen to pop, rock… but we remain the same group that has a great curiosity for folk music from Quebec. »Their references? As much the folk song of the McGarrigle Sisters and Cat Stevens as the innovations of Klô Pelgag. “It’s amazing what the world is able to do by interweaving styles of music. Klô Pelgag, it’s so new and fresh, I find it really inspiring. ”
Like many traditional groups, Rosier draws on the already existing repertoire, which is passed down from generation to generation, to give it new life. “That’s really our creative process and that’s what made us want to make music from the start,” explains Béatrix. The group sometimes chooses songs with melodies that they rework, but often also single texts, which they surround with a whole new music, hence its very contemporary side. Several of the lyrics on the album come from a collection compiled by Quebec folklorist Marius Barbeau. “Basically, it’s like taking poems and turning them into songs. This is how we see it, poetry set to music, but stemming from our folklore. But what interests them in these texts? “You can find lost meaning in songs. The first of the album for example, Poison, which is the story of a woman who wants to poison her husband, that says something about human relationships. There is a way to understand these texts even though they were written hundreds of years ago. ”
The members of Rosier are happy to release this new album this winter, “even in this crazy world…”, says Béatrix Méthé “It’s true that it’s a funny time to be musicians… but at the same time, people are listening to music more than ever right now. “They hope in any case to succeed in reaching more people with this first full album as Rosier, after a first EP launched in 2019.” We are lucky to have access to all these platforms on the internet, it allows us to communicate and maintain a relationship with the public. We’re going to release the album and work hard to get to people. But, of course, the group can’t wait to get back on track, since their debut has been part of the very active folk and world music circuit in North America, Europe and Oceania. “We hope to go back there, but we will certainly start again in Quebec. It’s going to make us really happy to play here, to work on the image of traditional music to show that it is beautiful and that it can be listened to all year round. ”
Traditional folk. Slightly, of Rosier, Outside Music.