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In 2012, Catherine Leduc was thirsty for new challenges and ready for a change. She began to write and compose the material for Rookie, her solo debut, which was released in 2014. 2017 marks the year of her sophomore opus, Un bras de distance avec le soleil. On both albums, she considers the themes to be similar and largely inspired by her unique path in the realm of music. Over a musical tapestry of unabashed psychedelic folk rock, she analyzes her conflicting feelings towards public recognition, which she finds herself wishing for, at times, but which she also fears, as it could rob her of what she treasures the most.

Time and experience, however, have offered Catherine a different perspective: alongside these doubts and bruises, there is also a sense of wonder, a sense of pride in having an artist’s unique point of view, and a determination to keep creating to gain a deeper understanding of one’s self.

Catherine Leduc was born in 1979 on the south shore of Trois-Rivières. During her CÉGEP years, she followed the call of art by studying music, plastic arts, and textile design. In 2003, she moved to Montreal with her boyfriend, Matthieu Beaumont. Together, they founded Tricot Machine the following year. In 2007, the duo released its eponymous debut, which took the province of Quebec by surprise. They expanded their cult following by releasing a Christmas album, 25 décembre (2008), and a second official studio release, La prochaine étape (2010). They also received several prestigious awards (Félix award (ADISQ) for Revelation of the Year; Miroir award at the Festival d’été de Québec; SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize; Grand Prix de la relève Archambault, etc.).

By 2012, Catherine was thirsty for new challenges and ready for a change. She began to write and compose the material for Rookie, her solo debut, which was released in 2014. 2017 marks the year of her sophomore opus, Un bras de distance avec le soleil. On both albums, she considers the themes to be similar and largely inspired by her unique path in the realm of music. Over a musical tapestry of unabashed psychedelic folk rock, she analyzes her conflicting feelings towards public recognition, which she finds herself wishing for, at times, but which she also fears more than anything, as it could rob her of what she treasures the most.

Time and experience, however, have offered Catherine a different perspective: alongside these doubts and bruises, there is also a sense of wonder, a sense of pride in having an artist’s unique point of view, and a determination to keep creating to gain a deeper understanding of one’s self.

Music, as Catherine Leduc now knows, is a treacherous muse indeed. The best way to negotiate with it is to avoid viewing each album as a perfect mirror reflection of one’s self, and instead consider each project as a journey, an exploration, an experience. And since she feels she has fully answered the calling of Un bras de distance avec le soleil, she would not be surprised if her quest were to bring her to new and unchartered lands again in the future.

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