Montréal captures my imagination. As I wander through the streets of this city or check out concerts, shows, venues, restaurants and cultural events, my mind often gets lost in reverie and I wonder what it might be like to live in another place or to be of another era… This reverie sums up my impression of Patricia Summersett’s vocals and her recently formed Montréal based baroque pop band Summersett.
In Summersett, I experience the convergence not only of distinct and diverse styles of music, but also of different eras. This band evokes a sense of contemporary pop and folk as much as that of cabaret, magic and music halls typical of Paris of the roaring twenties.
The band is formed of three anglophones and three francophones who met through Montréal’s vibrant music and art scenes and came together to create, as described on their website, “an offbeat blend of piano-based Pop, Folk and New Chanson.” Summersett’s songs are lyric-driven, and their music crosses and fuses genres to create its own unique style. Patricia is the band’s lead singer, and the intensity of her performance reflects a talent that has been cultivated through her work not only as a musician, but also in theatre, film, television and voice.
Summersett is presently working on their first EP, due to be released in January.
Bring on the sound!
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