Editors' Notes Florence K.'s sixth album marks a major turning point in the multilingual Montreal singer-songwriter's life. “At one point, I really didn’t feel like making music anymore, and actually considered dropping everything,” she tells Apple Music of the difficulties of being a working musician in 2020. Despite returning to school to pursue a career in mental health, something compelled Florence (last name: Khoriaty) to take the plunge into recording once again. “I did it for the simple pleasure, without putting any pressure on myself to meet specific sales targets,” she says. “I’ve made my peace with music. I’ve recaptured that same passion I had 20 years ago when, as a teenager, music was a means of release.” That mindset opened up a new pathway for her first all-French album, where the Latin and bossa nova rhythms she’s always loved gently intertwine with modern electronic sounds. Here she talks us through the often personal significance of each of Florence’s tracks.

“For the past few years, I’ve been really concerned about the dark side of the fashion industry—the poor working conditions and the environmental damage it causes. Here, I recount the story of Valentine, a young girl who’s unaware of all this, who loves fashion and wants to be attractive to others. For the music, I sought inspiration in the gentle rhythms of bands like Zero 7.”

Le talent n’existe pas
“There’s something bewitching about this song, which was written by Moran and Daran. It’s almost like a mantra. It examines one aspect of creation that I feel very strongly about, and that’s the fact that artists are often praised for their talent without recognizing that success is also the result of courage, chance, hard work, and so many other things.”

Ce n’est que ma tête
“It started off with music my husband composed, and I wrote the lyrics to it two years later. It’s a bit like a letter I’ve written to him to thank him for the support he’s always given me. I know I can count on him when I’m going through periods of depression or hypomania caused by my bipolar disorder. But I also wonder if I’ll always be able to count on him.”

Pas grand-chose pour être heureux (feat. David Goudreault)
“I had this picture in my mind of a person, a man, who succeeds at everything he does, and believes success is the key to happiness. But one day, it all falls apart and he loses everything. The song is actually about mental health in men. David Goudreault stopped by the studio to listen to the tracks he’d worked on, and I suggested that he rap on this one. He scribbled some text on the back of a napkin and an hour later the song was finished!”

“With its very soothing Latin vibe, this song explores the notion of finding peace of mind through travel, which, for me, doesn’t mean going to the other side of the world. Travelling can be simply a question of opening up to someone, and allowing that person to open up to you. Breaking away from everyday life through encounters.”

Minuit moins toi
“This is a song written by David Goudreault that talks about waiting for love, in terms of the way it can feel so natural and so beautiful—and it brings lightness to the album. It’s based on my own situation with my husband, who lives in Toronto, whereas I’m in Montreal. Once again, I felt like giving the track a little Latin beat that my fans will easily recognize.”

Le jour suffit
“When I embark on a new project, I always dig out the rough drafts for melodies and lyrics that I’ve kept over the years. I came across the music for this song, which I’d composed eight years ago while on a plane. When I offered it to Moran, he immediately loved it and wrote the lyrics, which are about addiction in all its forms.”

Château de verre
“I like the idea that relationships are like glass castles that we build with others. They’re beautiful, but at the same time very fragile. When I was writing the lyrics to this song, with its bossa nova rhythms, I was thinking back on a friendship that came to an end. What I say is that nobody was in the wrong, that we are both good people, even if the ties have been severed.”

“What I wanted to express in this song is so intimate that I couldn’t find the right words, and it’s David Goudreault who managed to come up with them for me. It’s a message to my daughter about her father, who left when she was just a little girl. The rising intensity at the end symbolizes the world of possibilities open to her: Whether she decides to reconnect with him or not, I will always be there.”


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