Coming from the Radio Enfer generation, Etienne Dufresne grew up submerged in his parents’ prog rock, somewhere between Victoriaville and Magog. Very young, he teaches himself guitar in the hopes of impressing his father. Once in Montreal, he infiltrates the music scene as a photographer before fulfilling his own singer-songwriter aspirations. It is only after a series of professional and romantic downfalls that he starts instinctively composing song fragments on his acoustic guitar, that he later enhances using his computer and technology. The circumstances of the moment lead him to follow a very personal writing style and a rather experimental production process. Fuelled by an urge to express himself, his solo project then takes flight.
Etienne decided to take advantage of the temporal abyss that inevitably loomed over his life to write his first album, Excalibur. Co-produced with Félix Petit, Excalibur is a clever blend of deconstructed genres. Still tinged with the raw character of the acoustic guitar, this second project unfurls and seeps into synthetic sounds and samples that borrow from both electro and R&B. Etienne reasserts his familiar style of writing, where the smart choice of words wins over the heavy lyrical feel. Well anchored in its time, the music refuses to label itself as it meshes together a myriad of influences forming a homogeneous and unique sound that stands out from other current Francophone productions. Excalibur is to be released on May 7th 2021 and will surely reaffirm that Etienne Dufresne is an artist to follow closely.