Multifarious artist, instrumentalist and producer, Jean-Paul De Roover, shares his layered new project, LOSS, today. On LOSS, Jean-Paul covers the devastating hardships experienced by his friends and family. Lyrically, the songs are about different types of losses that he has either experienced or been very close to. Highlighting his extensive career as an artist, always experimenting with sound and structure, LOSS is a brilliant display of Jean-Paul’s work to date. Listen to the album here.
“Sure, it still has a lot of elements that still sound like me, but many are very fresh. The heavy progressive lean, the anti-looping composition, the added orchestral instrumentation and the fact that I’m literally screaming on more than one song instead of relying on my most recognizable asset (my singing voice) means that I’m intentionally making myself very vulnerable and very uncomfortable,” Jean-Paul says of creating LOSS. “Make no mistake, there is strength and determination behind my conviction to release this album under my name instead of a pseudonym/side project, but that doesn’t make this type of risk any less scary on the inside.”
Jean-Paul has shared insight on the project through features with Canadian Beats, Pure Grain Audio and RX Music. Touring with a live band for the first time in 13 years, Jean-Paul will hit the road with The Bandaid Solution, kicking things off with a hometown release show in Thunder Bay, Ontario on February 29 at Black Pirates’ Pub, followed by a tour throughout Ontario and Quebec in March. Don’t miss Jean-Paul’s incredible live set – find all tour dates below to catch him and the band in your city.
LOSS is a sibling project to his 2019 album, LOVE (released May 31, 2019). Jean-Paul started a new decade with the album’s first single, Wreck, a highly collaborative song with personal depth and connection to Jean-Paul’s community. It features group vocalists that contributed to the Indiegogo campaign that helped fund the album, and voices from those that attended the LOVE album release at Cambrian Players Theatre in Thunder Bay, ON and participated in the live group chants. The strings are comprised of layers of multiple violin parts performed by Adam Iredale-Gray (of Aerialists and Fish & Bird), with additional orchestration and arrangements by Jean-Paul.
On LOSS, Jean-Paul shares a deep facet of the human experience. Songs include the loss of a close friendship (Clench), the closing of a friends’ recording studio (Holes), loss of sanity (Wreck), the divorce of his parents (I Need), and the tragic passing of some extended family members (There’s Been An Accident). Musically, this album falls somewhere between alternative/rock/progressive featuring typical instruments (electric guitars, bass, drums) and vocals (everything from distorted metal screams to pristine choirs), but with additional instrumentation including harp, organ, electronics and orchestral arrangements for string and horn sections over the span of 12 tracks.
With LOVE, Jean-Paul covered a new marriage, new home and birth of his child. He started writing very positive songs as a personal challenge, as his music often had a darker, melancholic lyrical style that wasn’t matching up with what he was celebrating. The songs examine the theme of love in its many shapes and forms; whether it’s a song based on his wedding vows (My Heart and My Head), or a proclamation of love, will and support for his son (I’d Do Anything), family and friendship is the album’s foundation. Jean-Paul joins his wife, Shannon Lepere, for a duet with on I Can’t Sleep, with many of his talented friends appearing as guests throughout. Musically, it’s a singer/songwriter folk album with a tasteful blend of pop and rock. Listen to LOVE here.
February 29 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirates Pub
March 4 – Marathon, ON – Biloxy’s
March 5 – Guelph, ON – Silence
March 6 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
March 7- Sarnia, ON – Paddy Flaherty’s
March 8 – Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
March 9 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
March 10 – Montreal, QC – Barfly
March 11 – Ottawa, ON – Cinqhole
March 12 – North Bay, ON – Lou Dawg’s
March 13 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – LopLops
March 14 – Sudbury, ON – The Townehouse Tavern