Dominique Fils-Aimé is a JUNO Award-winning and Polaris Music prize-nominated singer-songwriter based in Montréal, Quebec. Not too long ago, she released a hopeful retro-soul single, entitled, “While We Wait,” via Ensoul Records.
Dominique Fils-Aimé – “While We Wait” single
“I know you won’t let me down, I can tell by the vibe that’s been ‘round our house. I can tell you won’t let this go by the spark in your eye. And the pep in your feet. I got some real questions to ask you now. Do you think we might change the world, one move at a time? I got some real blessings to share around. Having you by my side makes it all worthwhile.” – lyrics
‘While We Wait’ tells a hopeful tale about a woman who shares a lovely relationship with her significant other. One day, she and her companion have a meaningful discussion about becoming the change that they desire to see in the world.
‘While We Wait’ contains an inspiring narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and tuneful melodies. The likable tune possesses groovy instrumentation flavored with doo-wop, retro-soul, and contemporary R&B elements. Furthermore, “While We Wait” serves as a wonderful presentation of what listeners can expect to hear from Dominique Fils-Aimé’s upcoming album, entitled, “Three Little Words.” The album is the final chapter in Fils-Aimé’s trilogy of albums exploring the roots of African American musical culture.
“We could be the change.”
“‘While We Wait’ was inspired by 1950s doo-wop and the beautiful yet confounding naivety of that era in music and politics that led us where we are today. The transition between the two eras, filled with necessary growing pains. Leaving carelessness behind in order to embrace the mission that belongs to us all. The duality between becoming agents of change versus the powerlessness we may feel.” – Dominique Fils-Aimé explained
Dominique Fils-Aimé draws inspiration from soul icons of the ‘40s and ‘60s such as Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Nina Simone. While her musical roots are grounded in early soul and jazz, her sound transcends contemporary urban soundscapes. Her first album, “Nameless,” was released in 2018 to critical acclaim. Also, the project received placements on shows like Hulu’s “Woke” and Netflix’s “Tiny Pretty Things.” Her sophomore record, “Stay Tuned!” won the 2020 JUNO Award for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year” as well as the Félix prize for “Best Jazz Album” at the ADISQ Gala. Furthermore, it was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, and featured among the 19 best Canadian albums of 2019 according to CBC.
‘Three Little Words’ is Fils-Aimé’s most musically diverse and eclectic album to date. Largely thanks to Jacques Roy, an acclaimed record producer, musical arranger, and mixer. On the album, Roy connects Fils-Aimé’s voice with the multitude of other sounds. From the heartwarming doo-wop harmonies of “While We Wait” to the spellbinding groove of African percussion, horns, synthesizer, and expansive basslines prevalent in the first single, “Love Take Over.”
It is soul music in the truest sense of the term. Music that comes from the depths of Fils-Aimé’s soul. It is meant to challenge and enrich the souls of her listeners. “Three Little Words” is at once both an acknowledgment and an appreciation of the different musical genres that live within her head and flavor her own soul. Also, the album uses this musical backdrop as Fils-Aimé earnestly addresses the importance of love, empathy, and mental health in the long march towards social justice.
“Three Little Words” album
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