Today, Montreal-based artist Julia Daigle shares “Sur la haute colline,” the second single from her debut album, Un singe sur l’épaule (due out November 5th via Lisbon Lux), via Glide. Like previous single “Usage Domestique,” a French alt-pop track with a Kate Bush-meets-Soft Machine energy, “Sur la haute colline” is devilishly smooth and serene, almost reminiscent of something you might hear in the background of a Twin Peaks episode. It lurches forward with melodic keys, plucked strings, a head-bobbing drums, later descending into a synth-infused moment of fantastical bliss.
For more context, “Sur la haute colline” (translation “on the high hill”) is a phrase extracted from René Choppin’s work, the afternoon color of honey and late autumn, published in 1933. In essence, the track serves as a musical tribute to Choppin and his words, creating a haunting and hypnotic piece.
“It is an assemblage of metaphorical images captured before the pandemic. The ambiguous relationship between Julia and the moon is portrayed in the form of a mysterious ritual, halfway between play and pursuit, between release and tension. The editing is cyclical, nervous and chaotic. The lo-fi aesthetic approach is assumed and is situated like a grainy veil between the artist and the viewer, echoing the opacity of the symbolism present in the video,” says Daigle.