Frigid releases strike-inspired video for Earth Day
Much-loved queer Montréaler DJ Frigid has released a haunting and superbly mixed single “Cri d’un coeur terrien” (the cry of the earthling heart) on Bandcamp; but most affectingly, his video for the song takes the form of a photo essay on the student strike protests. Beautiful and inspiring music for the build-up to tomorrow’s Earth Day demonstrations…
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Long known for his legendary Thursday Overdose nights at Parking, and recently for lending his electro-rock stylings to benefit parties POMPe and GloreeBox, Frigid (aka Joffrey Dumas) is a musician and recording artist in his own right (see Oct, 2011′s “Dust and Debris”). His forthcoming EP Eye-Catcher/Suis-moi is slated for release in May, but this exquisite single, “Cri d’un coeur terrien” has been loaded to Bandcamp and Youtube just today, in time to inspire the masses for tomorrow’s gigantic Earth Day demo in downtown Montréal.
“For those of you living outside Canada,” Frigid explains on his official website, “Québec’s students have been on strike over the raise of tuition for almost 10 weeks now. It has inspired new lyrics in french that have replaced what I had originally written for my new song ‘Eye-Catcher’.” He writes that he may also release an English version, but that “for now, here’s ‘Cri d’un coeur terrien’.”
The haunting ballad features Frigid’s rock-inflected baritone solo voice over piano arpeggios and a sweet but moody pop beat. Choral back-up comes in – just as you like to hear in a good rock ballad – with Frigid letting it rip on the line “J’ai en assez de toutes ces guerres/ des priorités monétaires” (“I’ve had enough of all these wars over financial priorities”), as the video shows images of police beating and arresting protesters. The final verses of the video are a montage of the PINK BLOC kiss-in at Métro Mont-Royal on April 13, as the lyrics change to English for “I see you and me… I see you I see me / I see peace” and more images of the massive March 22 anti-strike demo scroll on as Frigid brings out a high guitar riff to conclude the song.
Sincere, inspiring, and beautifully produced, if “Cri d’un coeur terrien” is any indication of what the EP will bring, expect more posts about this project soon. Happy Earth Day!