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After garnering one million streams within the first month with his debut release “ Augustines ”, Louis-Étienne Santais today unveils the video for his second release “La plage du Nord”, a lively, evocative and heartfelt piano piece. Watch/Share: Louis-Étienne Santais “La plage du Nord”

Speaking on the track Louis-Étienne Santais says, “This composition is centered around a repeating motif of triplets that maintains the motion while the melody gently moves around in an intricate way. This motif is a musical analogy for the cyclical nature of most things in life. The title in itself is based on an imagery that reflects this idea in a simple manner; A beach, where tides fluctuate in a similar manner every day, and waves that come and go, crashing onto the sand/rocks in an almost perpetual motion. The name occurred to me while I was walking on the banks of the St-Lawrence river, hence mention of the “Nord”.”

The single release is accompanied by a video of Nordic drone footage shot by Alexis Pageau, an extremely talented video and photo director that specializes in nature. Most of it was shot in Iceland, but there’s also cuts in Patagonia and Canada. “I began the edit (a first time for me) with the aim to make it dance around with the music,” explains Santais, “and decided to add more abstract textures that Alexis and I had deemed visually fascinating. This collaboration has created a dreamy video that, we hope, is a natural complement to the song. Another friend, Zacharie Turgeon helped inject mystery and depth into the video by color grading in a beautiful dark azure tone.”

After garnering success and over 60 million streams with his Indie Pop projects Fjord and Ghostly Kisses, Louis-Étienne Santais is now unveiling his solo piano compositions for the very first time. If his work recalls the influence of composers such as Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, Jean-Michel Blais and Alexandra Streliski, the composer and producer from Quebec City remains above all a self-taught pianist who skillfully and spontaneously combines classical music with modern pop minimalism.

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