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Album: WHILE ESCAPING - 2006
EP: Let's stay a bit longer - 2005



MICHEL D.T. LAM There’s something about the voice. Indeed, it must be Michel Lam’s unique voice, fragile and strong at the same time, that catches us when listening to While Escaping. Recorded at Hotel 2 Tango by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, The Dears, Godspeed you black emperor!), LAM’s first album features 12 folk-rock songs. Twelve titles of various moods, sometimes fiery, other times delicate, enriched with a diversified instrumentation (acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, harmonica, piano, keyboard, cello...). Singer-songwriter Michel D.T. Lam demonstrates his amazing sense of melody, his sensibility and a huge range of musical skills. While Escaping is an authentic, passionate and powerful album.

Lam has been inspired by numerous great artists: Jeff Buckley, Wilco, Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, the Pixies, ... From quiet folk to assertive rock, his songs also remind one of Bright Eyes’ intensity, the Decemberists’ urgency, or even Adam Duritz’s bittersweet voice (Counting Crows). The album opens with a magnificent folk song, A Dusty Melody, which plunges us right into the album’s intimate as well as yearning mood. Then there’s the liveliness of Now I Lay Me, the far-end-of-the-world feeling that emanates from While Escaping, the nice back vocals in Let’s Stay a Bit Longer…

Among the members of LAM involved in While Escaping are Ian Jaquier (bass), Frank Lam (bass, keyboards) – Michel’s brother – and Philippe Lamanque (drums). Additional contributions by Marc-Antoine Olivier (piano, keyboards), Nadia Bashalani (back vocals) from the band Shoot the Moon, and others, enabled the band to reach a fuller sound.

Playing different instruments and genres, has allowed Michel Lam to collaborated on numerous soundtracks. His song Someday Words Will Mean More is featured in Délivrez-moi, Denis Chouinard’s most recent film. In fact, Lam’s artistic career tightly combines both music and cinema. He studied music from the age of 7, learning piano and cello. A few years later, he began playing guitar and formed his first rock band at 14. After playing in different bands in Sherbrooke, his hometown, he moved to Montreal and joined the band Litost, in which he played guitar, keyboards, and composed for 3 years. In 2004, he decided to focus on his own songs and formed the band LAM. Meanwhile, his passion for cinema led him to study at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and the Institut National de l’Image et du Son (INIS). Several of his works were awarded, among which his documentary Sur le quai de la gare, that won the Pierre et Yolande Perrault Prize for the Best First Documentary at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in 2006. Music is also a subject in part of Lam’s film career. As a filmmaker, Lam is currently directing a full-length documentary, produced by the National Film Board, about a children’s music school in Sherbrooke, where he himself studied.

LAM’s first album is a passionate musical statement built on sorrow and joy, love and lost, memories and yearnings, folk and rock…