Caracol

May 18th 2018
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Biography

In tune with Montreal’s eclectic music scene, Caracol is a bilingual artist who walks a singular path. Her new album “Symbolism" is the sum of all her past musical experiences: her beginnings as a percussionist and back-up singer in reggae bands, her work as a sound engineer in film music, and more recently, her presence in the songwriting community and pop music writing camps, where she collaborates with some of the best "beatmakers" and writers from around the world.

Always cultivating her uniqueness, Caracol stands out with her particular vocal tone, her catchy melodies and the daring way in which she uses rhythmic vocal patterns to create original arrangements. This particular blend of electro & organic sounds has given rise to her signature sound, where indie & alternative pop meet modular synths and tribal percussion instruments. Several of her livelooping performance videos have become viral on the web this year, and she keeps releasing new ones regularly.

The "Symbolism" adventure begins with an encounter with producer Joey Waronker (drummer for Beck, Roger Waters, Atoms for Peace) during a creative trip to Los Angeles. After he fell in love with her demos, he decided to work with her. During the recording process, Caracol reached a new height in authenticity and artistic expression. She then continued the exploration at her Studio de l’Est headquarters in Montreal, with her long time allies Seb Ruban & Toast Dawg, two of Montreal’s most talented producers.

The 1st single from her new record, ”Flooded Field feat. Illa J” was released in November 2018 and had immediate impact, claiming spots on Canada’s biggest Spotify playlists (New Music Friday, Indie All Stars, Indie Pop Chillout, etc). In parrallel, she also eleased a French EP ”Les yeux transparents” (including her Quebec radio hit ”Escaliers Dorés”). The EP was nominated at this year’s GAMIQ awards in two categories: Pop EP of the year & Song of the Year.

As a teenager, always on the hunt for thrill, Caracol travelled the world as a semi-professional snowboarding athlete. Today, the self-taught artist keeps walking off the beaten paths as she tours around the world, in search of intense human experiences and artistic collaborations of all kinds. Transformation, love, ecstasy, wisdom, rebellion and conflict are among the themes that inspire her in her quest.

- Influences: Santigold, Lykke Li, Grimes, Beach House, Wild Belle, Portishead.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

- SOLO ALBUMS : ”Symbolism” 2018, “Shiver” 2012, “Blanc Mercredi” 2011, “L’Arbre aux Parfums” 2008.
- SOCAN Ke-nekt Canada songwriting camp, 2015.
- SOCAN Ke-nekt Québec songwriting camp, 2016.
- SAC SongWorks songwriting camp, 2016.
- Songwriting residency at SPACQ with Gilles Vigneault, 2017.
- Songwriting residency with Luc Plamondon, 2017.
- GENIE Award (Best original song ”Quelque Part” ) ”Starbuck” movie, 2012.
- Prix des Diffuseurs Européens Award, SODEC/Rideau, 2009.
- JUNO Awards nomination (Francophone album of the year), 2009.
- Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination (Songwriter of the year), 2009.
- ADISQ nomination (Song of the year "Le Mépris" ), 2009.
- REVELATION RADIO-CANADA Musique, 2009
- Miroir Award, Festival d’Été de Québec (Best live performance) 2008.
- OPENER for many international acts: Beacon (Ghostly Records), Chaz Bundick (Toro y Moi), Half Moon Run, Serena Ryder, Joseph Arthur, The Bangles, etc.
 

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