Winnipeg-based indie-electronic artist Rayannah announces her debut album Nos repaires (Our Haunts), set for release on Friday March 8, 2019 (International Women's Day). Jazz Winnipeg presents the album release concert on Saturday March 16 at the West End Cultural Centre.

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Rayannah announces today her much-anticipated debut full-length album, Nos repaires. The record showcases her unique electro-soul sound, and features songs created over a five-year span. Underscored by intricate beat-making and dense soundscapes, most of the songs on this record are sung in French, but emotion transcends language to pull listeners into a world both dark and sweet.

To say the record has been long-awaited is an understatement: Rayannah's debut EPBoxcar Lullabies was self-released in 2015. Last year, she released the album's first singles En attendant demain and Best of You to audiences to wide acclaim.

Nos repaires is co-produced by Rayannah and Mario Lepage, a longtime collaborator from the Saskatchewan indie group Ponteix. Rayannah explains, "Mario and I co-produced the record in multiple stages, really taking the time to build a sonic landscape for each song. Our process intermingled our approaches, to the point where it's hard to pull apart who played what on the album. We have a common perspective and shared reality as Francophones from Western Canada and have also spent a lot of time touring together. It was a joy to work in my mother tongue with someone I admire and love working with so much."

The recording process began in the summer of 2017 in a small house in Riding Mountain National Park. With no cell service or internet, here Rayannah and Mario created the majority of the album's beats and synth sounds, also playing with ambient recordings and vocal loops. "[The isolation] was an immersive step that allowed us to define a direction for the album," Rayannah explains. The rest of the work took place over the following year, spanning multiple provinces and juggling tour dates.

The vocals, piano, strings and horns on this record were recorded by John Paul Peters at Private Ear Recording in Winnipeg. The record was mixed by Fred Levac at his country house on the border of Ontario and Quebec.

Rayannah was recently nominated in several categories for the Trille Or Awards, which are scheduled for an Ottawa gala in late Spring. Shortly after her Winnipeg show, Rayannah heads to Europe for tour dates, followed by Ontario and Québec.


Audiences can look forward to a live show featuring artists who worked on the creation and recording of the album, including members of Royal Canoe, Ponteix, the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, and multi-instrumentalist Marjorie Fiset.

The evening will also feature live projections by Saskatoon-based visual artist Stephanie Kuse, and set design by Miguel Fortier. Both Stephanie and Miguel collaborated with Rayannah in November 2018 for her Jazz Winnipeg NuSounds show, wowing audiences with meticulous and artful visual design and aesthetic. Stephanie's work has been commissioned by the City of Saskatoon, and for the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

Tickets available online and in person at the Jazz Winnipeg office, 007-100 Arthur Street.