Charlotte Cardin

Communion Presents...

Charlotte Cardin

Niia, Aliocha

Sat, April 14, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


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Charlotte Cardin
Charlotte Cardin
At only 21 years old, Charlotte Cardin has already shown promise of being one of 2017's breakout songstresses. Her debut single, the minimal electro-jazz ballad "Big Boy," garnered instant online buzz. Since then, the young singer's career has been a series of milestones. Her long-awaited debut EP was released July 2016 and instantly jumped to number one on iTunes Canada. The success of the EP is being fueled by a 60-date Canadian tour which has so far included stops at the CBC Music festival, Osheaga, and le Festival d'été de Québec (the latter of which saw her opening up for Sting and Peter Gabriel). By road-testing her material with her tight-knit three-piece band, Charlotte seems to have hit a sweet spot between the minimalism in the songs' arrangements and the larger-than-life quality of her live show.
Niia is an American singer, pianist, songwriter and composer.
« Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know of life. […] in all things that live there are certain irregularities and deficiencies which are not only signs of life, but sources of beauty. »

If a century didn’t separate Aliocha from the author of these lines, John Rushkin, they would speak with the same voice. Because it really is this kind of beauty-creating “humanity” which Aliocha strives for; the same which pours out of Bob Dylan and Eliott Smith titles, from Lennon and Nick Drake; an audible and moving “imperfection” which made him, young and self-taught, flee the coldness of the standard, the false glitter of the "normalized".

Known early for his acting on stage, on the small screen and later on the silver screen, the youngest of the Schneider family – his father from the theatre, his mother a businesswoman and model, his siblings artists – spent most of his time dreaming of being a songwriter. It was the fascinating Jean Leloup, met accidentally in a café, who first gave him the nerve to be one. Aliocha gave form to the outlines of a first recording with Leloup and his band “Last Assassins”– eight cuts that also earned him his first record label, Audiogram.

From there, between Paris, Montreal and Los Angeles, the singer-songwriter took shape and emerged. Obsessed with creating a voice that would be his own, he met Samy Osta, the brilliant producer (La Femme, Feu! Chatterton, Juniore) in Paris. That’s when he knew he would be conjugating in the first person plural henceforth; the complicity was absolute.

Behind a vintage console in a Gothenburg studio, in Sweden, and later in Paris; joined for a bit by drummer Ludwig Dahlberg (Indochine, The International Noise Conspiracy), the two laid down sessions from which two albums were born: a first E.P., Sorry Eyes, out in the fall of 2016, which got Aliocha signed to Le Label [PIAS] in France, and a full length record, Eleven Songs, released in Canada and Europe in June 2017. Aliocha’s Eleven Songs is made of timeless folk and a peculiar magnetism, somewhere between the nonchalant sensitivity of the sixties and the gentle angst of modern times; of both yesterday’s and today’s pop, beautifully imperfect, framed with the word images of youthful twenties, naive and carried away. On his eleven tracks, we come successively across electrified ballads, rebel choruses, psychedelic melodies and raw and sober songs. An absorbing musical world where a voice of rare sincerity arises and unfolds among subtle and tight arrangements of strings and electronics, revealing cutting edge production of undeniable eloquence.

Given life on stage by skilled accomplices, modern young men – his brother Volodia Schneider on percussions, multi-instrumentalist Christian Sean and bassist Tom Tartarin - his songs vibrate, grow in strength and character, promising a follow-up a thousand leagues from the ordinary. This has been undeniably confirmed by shows the four have given so far in Quebec, France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland; at the MaMa, at Bars en Trans, at M pour Montréal, at the FME, at Montréal en Lumière, and opening for Charlotte Cardin, notably.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147