Thursday, 3 December 2015

À la poursuite du Nord (Cano, 1977)

I'm back to the French Canadian prog rock (from North Ontario this time, not from Québec) with one of the most beautiful and atmospheric songs from that Country: "À la poursuite du Nord" (that's to say "Going after the North"), taken from the album "Au Nord de notre vie" ("North of Our Life"). Cano, by the way, is the acronym of Cooperative des Artistes du Nouvel Ontario. Likely the first thing you'll notice will be Rachel Paiement's beautiful, pure voice, then the song structure and the delicate arrangements will charm you, especially if you're into melodic prog and Renaisance.
 
This excellent work was the second album by Cano.

This hymn to the Great North and the spirit of Canada is rightly credited as a suite and is also full of good vocal harmonies, delicious piano touches and pleasant changes of themes, tempos and moods. The rich texture of this song also depends from the band being an octet, including many acoustic and electric instruments. Something tells me some of you will listen more by Cano...