Indie alt-pop songstress French Press, aka singer-songwriter Chantel Emond, presents her debut LP Youthful Trouble. Armed with catchy hooks, striking vocals, and a driving rhythm section, this bilingual Winnipeg-based artist channels 90s alternative, and indie-rock vibes while exploring themes of repression, rebellion, and empowerment.
Youthful Trouble captures an era of trial and resilience and is a dynamic exploration into self-doubt, a story all too familiar with 20-somethings. “It’s restless pop echoing the vibrations of your youth,” explains Emond. “There’s a vibe about the record; it’s hurt, but tough. You’re pushing up against a wall and trying to make something of yourself.”
“Plato’s Cave”, the first single, opens the record with an explosive sing-along hook, and was written after a summer spent listening to Best Coast, and Wavves. “It’s upbeat, catchy and carelessly aware,“ Emond explains. The accompanying music video for “Plato’s Cave”, both vibrant and psychedelic, was directed by Montreal-based videographer Mylène Simard (The Luyas, Thus Owls).
The album was written between shows at Thai and Moroccan hotels, where Emond performed in cover bands after she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Humber College in Toronto.Youthful Trouble was engineered and produced in Winnipeg by up-and-coming indie tastemakers William Grierson and Arthur Antony at Collector Studio. It was mixed by J. Riley Hill of Mortfell Recording.
Career highlights include residencies at the Banff Centre, and the Manitoba Arts Council Deep Bay Residency in 2014, and a five-week European tour (Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Czech Republic) in support of singer-songwriter Matt Epp in 2015.