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Singer-songwriter Carole Facal

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Born in Quebec to a Swiss mother and a Uruguayan father, and raised in a music-loving family, Carole Facal (a.k.a. Caracol) has followed an unusual career path. A 12-year violin student, an instrument she started learning at the age of five, she gave in to her wanderlust as a young teenager. She roamed the American and European continents for the next six years, meeting interesting people who inspired her to write her first songs – first in English, later in Spanish, and eventually in French. With music now a permanent focus in her life, she returned to Montreal in 1998, studied sound arts and spent the next few years behind a console.

A series of lucky breaks finally propelled her to centre stage, first as a backup singer for a number of groups, and then as part of DobaCaracol, a duo that was to achieve major international success. Her first solo album, L’Arbre aux parfums (2008), garnered many awards and nominations in 2009, including the Prix Miroir, the Prix des Diffuseurs Européens SODEC/RIDEAU, the Juno Awards (Francophone album of the year), the Canadian Folk Music Awards (French songwriter of the year), the ADISQ Gala and the Radio-Canada revelation of the year. Besides her Quebec, Canadian, U.S. and European tours, she also opened shows for such international artists as Serena Ryder, Joseph Arthur and The Bangles.

In the winter of 2011, Caracol re-entered her musical cocoon to write the pieces for her upcoming album Blanc mercredi, a collection of French and English songs inspired by folk/pop alternative/retro soul music, wintry images, love poems, and books on paintings and Art Deco. The album depicts an intimate world of deliciously odd sounds mixed with refined vocal harmonies, resonant guitars, ukuleles, old amplifiers and percussion galore – a collection of highly sensual songs reminding the listener of the beauty of the world.

Created with the help of most of the musicians featured on her first (and critically acclaimed) solo album, this second opus was once again produced by Sébastien Blais-Montpetit. It is a luminous, genuine and ultra-modern recording containing an extra something that Caracol was determined never to use in her art – humour!


Blanc mercredi (2011)
L'Arbre aux parfums (2008)

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