PETER PETER Photo02 (c) Paul Rousteau

Canadian singer-songwriter Peter Peter is back with a new album called “Noir Éden” – a mystical and oneiric collection of songs in which a world adrift is laid bare.


Merci à : Thelma F / Arista / SONY
Photos: Paul Rousteau
Interview : Patricia Tavares De Oliveira

Hello Peter Peter. Thank you for your time. Will you be touring for your new record?
Yes, absolutely. My first show will be in Brussels, then Paris at Le Café de la Danse, and three dates in Canada after that. There will be more dates, of course.

Is there a city you love where you have yet to perform?
Many! Maybe one I’ve never been to, like Lyon for example.

Can you tell us about your new album “Noir Éden”? What are some of the themes explored?
There are definitely central themes to it. The album is about my most solitary moments. I had travelled a lot before sitting down to write this album and I realized that all that travel didn’t particularly help with the writing. It took some immobility to really explore. I had to lose myself within myself and that turned into twelve songs. So the album is about experiencing that loss of connection with reality, with people, and that feeling of no longer existing.

Why did you wait so long to release this new album?
Many reasons! I moved to France from Canada and I moved around quite a bit without ever really sitting down to write. I tend to write in places I feel familiar with. Mostly circumstances, I guess.

PETER PETER Photo04 (c) Paul Rousteau

How did that big move influence your writing?
I’ve always idealized solitude. So exile was a natural step for me. I’ve spent a lot of time alone these past years. I’m an introspective sort of person. Moving to France and all the changes that came with it made me kind of fold into myself.

Was it difficult to leave Canada?
I was happy to live out my dream. I had no friends when I arrived here. There were struggles at the beginning, the administrative kind, but at the end of the day it was all new and I loved it.

Did you always want to become a musician?
Not at first. I wasn’t predestined to it.

What did you grow up listening to?
No genre in particular. When I listened to something I really like I’d listen to it in a loop. I liked The Smashing Pumpkins.

Has that changed?
A bit more electronic now, but I don’t really like labels. I listen to Spoon, Nicolas Jaar, Caribou, Kaytranada, Alex Cameron.

Do you have any rituals before going onstage?
I try not to drink too much coffee. I try to breathe, deeply inhale and exhale. I also drink a lot of water.

How do you see yourself in five years?
I want to tour a lot but I also want to write a lot at home. I want to be prolific.

To celebrate the release of his new album, We have asked him to make a selection of what he’ve been listening to.