Our Roots Run Deep Dominique Fils-Aimé
- 1Our Roots Run Deep03:04
- 2Hide From The Drama02:34
- 3Just Let Me Go03:03
- 4To Walk A Way02:24
- 5Or Let It Burn01:29
- 6Give Me A Reason04:13
- 7Some Room To Breathe01:08
- 8The Voices (Intro Vibes)00:31
- 9Quiet Down The Voices02:32
- 10Cheers To New Beginnings02:54
- 11Love Will Grow Back03:52
- 12My Mind At Ease02:55
- 13Feeling Like A Plant02:59
- 14Let Me Go (Bonus)03:12
Info for Our Roots Run Deep
There is a cinematic quality to “Our Roots Run Deep”. Dominique Fils-Aimé frames her latest album with a loose, dreamlike narrative structure that tells a story of growth. The first track sets the stage with the phrase: “our roots run deep underground”. Along the way, there are a myriad of human challenges and forms of interference. An underlying life force presses on. The final track closes with the lyric: “let me climb all the way to the sun”.
Dominique provides a spaciousness in her work by creating her own musical language. She layers a variety of catchy, wordless vocal licks that feel like mantras or prayers—repeating, soothing the nervous system, and distinguishing her sound. These patterns don’t have any literary definitions attached to them so they escape the clutches of our interpreting minds. The result is a sonic space where the listener can feel and dream alongside innovative melodic structures.
“To Walk A Way” marks a shift in the narrative. A song that embraces the freedom that can come from change. A clapping beat, joyful trumpets, and the warm sound of hand drums radiate an energy of encouragement. Dominique’s bright vocals bring an infectious positivity, nudging the listener forward.
“Quiet Down The Voices” embodies Dominique’s songwriting style. She enters a mood with one vocal riff which she texturizes and branches off from—creating a variety of counter melodies, giving the song contour and shape. This approach allows her to build the track from the ground up, influencing the musicality of a song without picking up an instrument.
For Dominique, nature acts as an anchor—a source of inspiration that provides her with metaphors to express the unique but interconnected journey of a human being. Her lyrics bring a calming clarity to the already spacious atmosphere encompassing the album: “Just like the tide gets high, my love will grow back”. These elements are intricately balanced, with an ear for subtlety, creating beautiful melodic terrains. The album traverses these soundscapes. Each song feels like stepping foot into a new habitat.
“Our Roots Run Deep” is an album that can be played from start to finish. Songs move in organic sequence—flowing leisurely, falling dramatically and shaping the environment. This style of continuity allows the audience time and space to sink into Dominique’s world on a trip of their own.
Dominique Fils-Aimé, vocals
Jacques Roy, bass
Frantz-Lee Leonard, drums
David Osei Afrifa, keyboard
Elli Miller Maboungou, percussion
Hichem Khalfa, trumpet
Etienne Miousse, guitar
Kevin Annocque, didgeridoo
Singer-songwriter from Montreal and of Haitian descent, puts the history of African-American music culture at the centre of her work, particularly in a trilogy of albums: "Nameless" (2018) explores the blues, "Stay Tuned" (2019) focuses on jazz - it won the JUNO for vocal jazz in 2020 - and "Three Little Words" (2020) is inspired by soul icons. "Three Little Words" was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and reached #2 on the Canadian charts. In 2022, she presented her show to a sold-out Théâtre Maisonneuve during the Montreal Jazz Festival and performed at double concerts in France, with Diana Krall in Marciac and with Melody Gardot in Vannes.
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