Francesca Blanchard Deux Visions on LP
The title of Francesca Blanchard's captivating debut full-length record, Deux Visions, speaks volumes in its own right, hinting at the richness of the music the album contains. It encapsulates the 23-year-old singer-songwriter's dual identity on several levels: one word in French and the other in English, together meaning "two visions" and together enunciating the sound of the word "divisions."
Blanchard's childhood in southern France and young adulthood in Vermont, interspersed with travels to over thirty different countries thanks to her parents' humanitarian work, form the foundations for her poignant, bilingual meditations. Her original, intimate songs touch upon spaces "betwixt and between" and the search for love, home and sanctuary.
Montreal producer Chris Velan (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars) assembled a lineup of top local musicians at Lane Gibson studios in Charlotte, Vermont to record the album's 12 original songs – six in French, six in English. Acclaimed producer Jean Massicotte (Lhasa, Patrick Watson, Arthur H, Jorane) then mixed the album in Montreal at Masterkut Studios, and the album was mastered at world-renowned Metropolis Studios in London.