Coeur de Pirate

  • Artist: Coeur de Pirate
  • Album: Roses (Deluxe)
  • Country of Origin: Canada.
  • Released: 28 August 2015
  • Genre: Indie Pop
  • Available on:  Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Pandora
  • Recommendation by Elisabeth King

Coeur de Pirate is the stage name of French-Canadian singer-songwriter Béatrice Martin. She's a classically trained pianist who has performed in various bands since the age of 15 and had her big break when "Ensemble", a song from her self-titled album, was used in a viral video in 2009.   The ensuing press coverage led to further use of her music in commercials. 

It's been five years since Martin's last album, Blonde,  and much has happened in her life since, including the birth of her first child. Roses is her most dramatic and personal album so far with sweeping orchestral arrangements that highlight her voice and artistry. As the first two are relatively simple arrangements of piano and her voice. However, there is a variety in genres and styles as "I Don’t Want To Break Your Heart" is the most upbeat and features Canadian rapper Allan Kingdom. The middle of the album captures the highs and lows of her life, heartbreak, her new family and moving on. The album comes full circle with English and French versions to start and end the album with "Carry On/Oublie Moi".

Unlike her previous albums Blonde (2011) and Coeur de Pirate (2008), Roses switches seamlessly between French and English. The fact that it switches isn't incredibly surprising as Martin has shown her talent in singing and songwriting in English in the duo Armistice and a series of English song covers for the television show Trauma in Quebec. She's now signed to Cherrytree/Interscope in the U.S and hoping to reach a larger non-Francophone audience while retaining her roots. Although she joked about having to have the album proofread before as she's so used to writing in French. 

She's already been incredibly successful, selling over a million copies of her two previous albums. Now with a more expansive world tour this past fall, clearly the best is yet to come from Béatrice. 


Key Songs: Carry on/Oublie Moi, Ocean's Brawl, Tu oublieras mon nom,  I Don't Want to Break Your Heart

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