Melodic Indie-Rock Alternative Pop
Montreal-born/Toronto-based bilingual indie rocker of Middle Eastern-French-South African descent Danielle Duval released her sophomore album LOSE IT in 2018. CBC’s q announced the album details and teased a new track off the record Subway Wall which hit #2 on CBC Radio 3’s Top 30 “R3-30” chart. The album hit #1 at Canadian college radio stations and landed in at #76 on the North American Top 200 chart. Duval and her band were invited to George Stroumboulopoulos’ “House Of Strombo” for a feature interview and a live performance. Duval’s French single titled N’Importe quand charted for 4 months straight [Peak #5] on Quebec’s BLVD Top 10 chart and was added with high rotation to Stingray and SiriusXM and to CKOI fm; Montreal’s premiere Commercial Radio Station. Duval recorded and co-produced the album with award-winning music producers Gus Van Go & Werner F. LOSE IT showcases 10 melodic indie-rock tracks juxtaposed with the sounds textures and addictive drive of electro-synth-pop music and lyrics that cut straight to the heart. Gus Werner and Duval shared a common vision to combine and capture the swagger and grit illustrated by artists like LCD Soundsystem T-Rex and Joan Jett with the electronic new wave music made classic by bands like The Cars Human League and Blondie. The new record simultaneously maintains Duval’s unique edge as an indie-rock songwriter as it explores and incorporates the vast dynamic layers pulse fast tempos and catchy energy that new wave music provided in the late 70s to late 80s. LOSE IT features guest appearances from recording artist Sam Roberts (Universal Music) and Mark & Matt Thibideau. Roberts lends his vocals and plays most of the instruments on Nowhere Is Far; a Portishead-esque psychedelic and cinematic spaced out rock-jam; co-written by Duval and Roberts while Mark & Matt Thibideau worked with Duval to dig deep into the world of classic vintage analog synthesizers samplers and drum machines as their Depeche Mode/ Giorgio Moroder/Kraftwerk influences weigh in heavy on album tracks Undercover Beat It Down and Whenever You Want It. Duval also called on members of her indie-rock family fold Carlin Nicholson and Mike O’Brien of Zeus and Liam Jaeger to lay down some searing melodic guitar licks & heavy thumpy bass lines. Danielle Duval caught the attention of music fans and industry folks alike with the release of her self-produced debut ep L’Étranger which featured the sultry heart-wrenching transformation of Grease anthem You’re The One That I Want. The track aired on David Duchovny’s cult TV series Californication (Showtime), was released on the hit TV show’s official soundtrack, has garnered just shy of 100 000 views on YouTube and over 850 000 spins on Spotify. A truly electric and commanding front-woman Duval has performed at The House of Strombo various music festivals and has landed touring slots with the likes of Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene) Royal Wood Paper Lions as well as a sold-out National tour in over 20 Canadian cities as the opener on Serena Ryder’s “Stompa” tour.