After releasing his first album Dunes In 2019, French electro-pop composer and singer Magali Cotta alias Canine will return this Friday, May 13 with another record, Source, more luminous, mysterious and introverted. On this occasion, we met this fascinating artist, who finds his inspiration several dozen meters underwater as much as in the fighting power of wild animals.
A broken toe, a calm voice and turquoise blue eyes like the Mediterranean … Therefore Magali Cotta shows up for us during our meeting where a crutch is standing by her side. The one who started piano and theater at a very young age strongly defends Canine, her musical project founded in 2016. The 40-year-old Niçoise releases an enchanting second album on Friday 13 May, where nature, the animals but also her weaknesses I was inspired. We find the androgynous, powerful and lyrical voice of Canine, which evokes those of Christine and the Queens and Florence and the Machine. While the first album released by the artist, Dunes (2019), was powerful, dark and intricate, source turns out to be more sunny, intimate and introspective. “Source is an orchestral pop album recorded with an electronic twist. It’s a live album. There are fewer turns than in Dune. It’s also more refined and without artifacts ” betror Canine. In the title STRENGTHCanine wanted to address the issue of accepting his weaknesses. “You may have the feeling that the real strength is not crying, not collapsing and almost in hyposensitivity. (decreased sensitivity). But in the end, the real strength comes when we accept that we are affected and that we are in bad shape. And it is thanks to this that we can face anything. “
In this project, Magali Cotta, who taught at a jazz school as a teenager, has all the hats off. She is the one who writes, composes, makes choirs and takes the instructions for life and the clips. Canine appreciates loneliness and needs to cope with the first phase of the composition alone, and then, as a lone wolf to find his herd, the artist surrounds himself with his producer, his musicians, instrumentalists, choristers and his technical teams for to perfect his flock. songs that swing between pop and electro. Unlike most teams, hers consists mainly of women. A way to honor girl power. “I was tired of women being performed for the graceful side, the softness, the femininity, the elegance and the fragility. And that it was the men who kept the house in key positions, on the drums, the bass or the double bass. So it seemed important to me to work only with women. My musicians, my choristers and my instrumentalists are women “.
It’s his love of nature, yoga, animals and especially the sea which helped her compose this new opus. She wrote this record as if it were a diary. “What’s amazing is that the brightest songs on the album were written at a time when I was the worst, where I went through a major breakup. The worse I was, the more I tried to go into a positive bubble by surrounding me with forests.and animals.For example, when I wrote Sunone of the happiest tracks on the album, I was at the bottom. “ Magali Cotta composed far from her native Mediterranean, in Normandy, where she spent confinement and yet she wrote most songs about her.
Water is the element that best represents it. And the whale, his totem animal. The grandeur, grandeur, splendor, but also the gentleness of this animal flying over deep water perfectly represent what Magali Cotta is trying to convey in her musical project. The artist has also been diving for a couple of years. “Earlier this year I dived in the Red Sea. For me, diving is a lot like playing live music. There is a preparation, a excitement, and when you are in it, there is really a real physical intensity. This is also where I seek calm and serenity.I feel like I’m flying.It’s both quiet and intense.As during a concert you know that we experience something extraordinary, so we try to be as much in the now as possible to be able to enjoy it.And I know many sound engineers who also dive.
In this innovative project, everything falls apart, the idea of being named Canine comes directly from wild animals and their fighting power. “I love the contrast of this word, which is sweet to hear as it names something sharp.” It is in this pattern of thought that the artist in his clips and in his images constantly highlights the triangular shape representing a dog, in order to claim it as a comb. To continue in the distinctive characters that represent her project, which she animates with her collaborators, Magali Cotta has decided to put dance in focus in her videos and during her shows. The choreographies are intended in such a way that we believe they are not prepared in advance. And that’s half, for Canine and her dancers are constantly looking for movements that spontaneously translate the music they hear at the time. This creates a new harmony and helps the group focus again. There are also always two or more voices communicating with each other. “There is, in my songs, a central voice and a chorus. I try to form a true inner dialogue as a kind of musical question and answer.” What let’s imagine a round, scheduled for the end of the year 2002, epic and moving.
Source (2022) by Canine, available on all platforms.