Led by Julia Daigle (visual artist) and Pierre-Luc Bégin (Polipe, We Are Wolves), Paupière is a glamorous and flamboyant Montreal duo with an underground sensuality that creates pop music that is both naïve and profound.
In “Paupière”, there is “peau” (skin) and “pierre” (stone), the organic and the mineral, sensitivity and hardness. Paupière, with its raw words and uncompromising melodies, confirms with its new album, Sade Sati, its desire for authentic expression. In “Paupière”, there is also the word “pop” as in Pop music. Their writing services the melody, offering us songs filled with these catchy little phrases that turn and turn in our heads until they’re fully anchored in our memories.
Mixing English synth-pop and French songs, Paupière is a “neo-romantic” band. If one can hear echoes of Human League, Deux or Depeche Mode, their intertwined voices sing of the adolescent and hedonistic romanticism of the 80’s as much as contemporary disenchantment.
As in Xavier Dolan’s films, they share a vision of destinies torn between ultra-romanticism and despair.
After two EPs (Jeunes Instants and Jettatura) and an album (À jamais privé de réponses) released on Lisbon Lux Records , Paupière is back with a second album Sade Sati.
According Indian astrology “Sade Sati” represents the result of our past karma. A challenging period that is also full of accomplishments. According to the legend, the phenomenon would manifest itself every 7 years.
It’s an inevitable, but agonizing, period for those who want to fulfill their true destiny, in other words the “30 year’s old life crisis”, which marks the end of naivety. It rules our inner clock in a deep, slow, but sensitive way. It’s cycles are known for bringing forward major turning points in our lives. Paupière invites us here on an astral journey to visit dark places pierced by light like luminous cracks and where adventures are populated with inner ghosts that come from far away. In this story Pierre-Luc and Julia represent fictional characters, twins who are lost in a futuristic world, the lone survivors of a planet after chaos. Sade Sati is a metaphor or the entry into adulthood with its share of worries and the feeling of freedom and rebirth that comes with it. The album is divided into three parts : Chaos, Flight and Liberation, which summarize the creative and personal past of the band.
Today we are pleased to join forces with Paupiere for the premiere of the video for the title song. The video captures the concept for Paupière’s Sade Sati is based on the idea of Saturn’s Return, a planetary alignment that astrologers describe as influencing a person’s life development at roughly 30 year intervals. The cosmic logic of the video focuses on three key age moments of Saturn’s Return (30, 60 and 90 years old) being the versions of Julia that we see inhabiting this strange capsule house. The video is a shapeshifting journey of time and reflection, interesting in the cyclical nature of life.
About the song and video, the band comments I really enjoy this track and, particularly in terms of creating visuals to accompany it, love the conceptual underpinnings of the song and where it came from. Really rich material to explore in terms of creating a visual narrative, and Julia and Pierre-Luc have been wonderful partners, letting me really run with the idea in this video. It was especially a pleasure working with Julia on this video, as she is a naturally gifted performer and give so much nuance and texture to these on screen roles.