Born of a Polish father and a Quebecer mother, Matt Holubowski grew up in a bilingual household in Hudson, QC and has always lived at the crossroads of the French and English languages. This notion of isolation of two cultures within a single territory fascinates this globe-trotter; lover of his planet and its infinite cultures. With this second album, Solitudes, the self-taught musician, poet and composer offers eleven titles that in many ways evoke isolation, estrangement, and exile, but also delves into the forms of solitudes we seek and often at times need.
Holubowski’s unmistakable voice and steadfast personality was revealed to some through his appearance as a finalist on the super-popular TV show La Voix. He has since worked tirelessly, surrounding himself with invaluable musical collaborators, with Stéphane Bergeron (Karkwa) on drums, Marc-André Landry (Chloé Lacasse) on bass, Simon Angell (Patrick Watson) on guitar and Marianne Houle (Antoine Corriveau) on cello. Connor Seidel produced the record, and co-mixed it with Warren Spicer (Plants and Animals).
The resulting Solitudes sold over thirty thousand units since its release on September 23rd 2016 and its tour will take Matt to over 80 cities and counting.
Behind a vintage console in a Gothenburg studio, in Sweden, and later in Paris; joined for a bit by drummer Ludwig Dahlberg (Indochine, The International Noise Conspiracy), the two laid down sessions from which two albums were born: a first E.P., Sorry Eyes, out in the fall of 2016, which got Aliocha signed to Le Label [PIAS] in France, and a full length record, Eleven Songs, released in Canada and Europe in June 2017. Aliocha’s Eleven Songs is made of timeless folk and a peculiar magnetism, somewhere between the nonchalant sensitivity of the sixties and the gentle angst of modern times; of both yesterday’s and today’s pop, beautifully imperfect, framed with the word images of youthful twenties, naive and carried away. On his eleven tracks, we come successively across electrified ballads, rebel choruses, psychedelic melodies and raw and sober songs. An absorbing musical world where a voice of rare sincerity arises and unfolds among subtle and tight arrangements of strings and electronics, revealing cutting edge production of undeniable eloquence.