David Laflèche’s brand new debut album, ‘Everyday Son’, is proving to be one of the most captivating country releases of the year so far. This personal record celebrates the people and relationships that enrich Laflèche’s life. He began working on songs for the album back in 2016 and the meticulous care and craft that has gone into each is evident in the arresting melodies and fine arrangements. Most of the songs were written on a single guitar Laflèche bought from Nashville’s Gruhn Guitars: a Martin 0018 1946. Through this beloved instrument, Laflèche has channelled the musical history and heritage of ‘Music City’. Various collaborators came together to create an authentic sounding record, including his partner Marie-Mai, Texan writer Mando Saenz and producer Connor Seidel. Stream the new album here.
Laflèche explains what the writing and recording processes were like: “Marie had done much of the writing for ‘Everyday Son’ when we met Mando. As if in a therapy session, I would be pouring my heart out to a stranger, and at certain moments, after a long pause, Mando would answer, so what you mean is… and his sentence explained exactly what I felt, with the right choice of words and emotions. Again through Carnival Publishing in Nashville, I was lucky enough to meet Derik Hultquist, a comedian; a dynamic guy, full of energy. We collaborated on several songs and, once again, I had someone who could pinpoint the words I was looking for while sharing parts of my life. Several songs on the album came from this collaboration; intense songs about depression and death, but joyful ones as well about love and memories of childhood.” These successful partnerships and the time taken to listen and explore together have resulted in an engaging, accessible set of songs from the Quebec singer-songwriter.
The title track from the album was written as a tribute to Laflèche‘s mother, a source of support and encouragement as he embarked on a life in music, following his dreams. It’s tender and disarming in its direct expression of love for her and, in it, listeners may recognise their own significant relationships. The intimate performance video was directed by Ben Jones Vallée and filmed at Laflèche’s studio, the Treehouse Collective. Check out David Laflèche’s excellent ‘Everyday Son’, your gateway into an excellent album.