Samuele Blends Blues and Folk with Indie and Rock

A Review of the Album, Les filles sages vont au paradis, les autres vont où elles veulent

Album cover for Samuele’s Les filles sages vont au paradis, les autres vont où elles veulent Credit Julia Marois

Strumming a simple repetitive chord on a guitar is fine, but adding a few background instruments, some soft vocals and a few distortion pedals upgrades the melody to a different level altogether.

Montreal’s indie and rock musician Samuele aims to do that with her second album Les filles sages vont au paradis, les autres vont où elles veulent. Released April 2017, the album touches on several themes.

“There is no message behind the album, each song has a different meaning,” Samuele explained in French. “[But] the [main] message that I want to give to the people is to stop trying to please others and please yourself.”

Upon listening through it for the first time, it was difficult to grasp what kind of musical genre the album fell into. She stuck with the traditional indie and rock genre, but also managed to incorporate some layers of folk and blues.

Her album opens with a poetic reading entitled “Égalité de papier,” where she recites the rules and necessities of what it is like to be a “wise and respectful girl.”

Press photo of Samuele. Photo Julia Marois