Peter Peter

Peter Peter

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN

Seducing anglos and francos alike, Peter Peter's latest album Une version amlieoree de la tristesse is a voluptuous study in the life of Montreal streets at nighttime. Layers of keyboards and intense sax guide you through helplessly poetic melancholy and romantic demons.


Peter Peter grew up with an imagination fed by the movies of his childhood ; for ever so long he dreamed of being Bruce Willis above all, the Bruce Willis of Die Hard 1, 2 and 3. This was followed in his teens by a vivid passion for poetry, music and pretty girls. Combining the three meant putting all his energies into a new goal: to be Jim Morrison.

He soon took to the stage with an alternative rock band in which he would amuse himself by singing in English and breaking guitars (and sometimes mics). Peter then migrated to Montreal and quit this first project in order to work solo on the French lyrics that would go on, among other things, to win the Ma premire Place des Arts honors in the singer-songwriter category of 2008.

A year later, he was signed to Audiogram and focusing on writing and composing. In the summer of 2010, at the hotel2tango studios, he dedicated himself to the recording of twelve new songs with producer Howard Bilerman (Godspeed You ! Black Emperor, Arcade Fire, Grant Hart) and last March, at Sala Rossa, launched his first album.

Peter Peter self-titled first record made an impression in both anglo and francophone music scenes with its modern lo-fi vibe and moody lyrics. Its single Homa was awarded the title of best francophone song of the year 2011, and the international media turned their attention to this interesting newcomer. Peter Peter quickly made a name for itself by participating in many prestigious events such as the Francofolies, Pop Montreal, M for Montreal, Coup de Coeur francophone and Osheaga. He impressed international delegates in New York City during CMJ Music Marathon, and seduced new fans in Europe during a short tour of France.
On tour, Peter Peter nurses a love-hate relationship with keyboards and learns to master them during his frequent bouts of insomnia. The instrument evolves within him and becomes the centerpiece used to create his second album which moves away from folk and towards a misty world of saxophones and synths. Launched at the end of summer 2012, Une version amliore de la tristesse is a voluptuous study in the life of Montreal at nighttime and follows helpless melancholic as they fight their own demons under the starts and into the streets.
Produced by the artist with the support of multi-instrumentalist Emmanuel thier (Coeur de Pirate, Jimmy Hunt) and Pascal Shefteshy, this second record also includes the participation of saxophonist Adam Kinner, guitarist Grgory Paquet (ex-the Stills), and drummer Francis Mineau (Malajube ).

What they said:
Ever pick up an album, have no clue about the artist and dig the record completely? Thats what happened when I picked up Peter Peters latest release Une Version amliore de la tristesse Lana Gay, Radio 3

sexy, saxy, synthy Culture Map Austin

The keys on this song are so damn good makes me want to hang my head and dance barefoot on the wood floor. Plus, it doesnt matter if you speak a lick of French, this songs a repeater. Alan Cross

Peter Peter at his best evokes the soft pop of Air and M83, rolling his Rs through the mesmerizing chorus of the albums title track The Fader

The melancholic synth-pop of Peter Peters Une version amliore de la tristesse (An improvised version of sadness) serves as a densely textured background to the mans gorgeous vocals SNAP! Magazine

anachronistic synth, gorgeous French vocals, and a slight sense of melancholy 8,2/10 Violent Success

anthemic, synth-soaked pop-rock National Post

Seductive and melancholic, Peter Peters second album is a hauntingly poetic affair Sputnik Music

#18 best song of 2012 Maimed and Tamed



iTunes BEST OF 2012 : French Album of the Year

2013 College radio campaign starting January 14th (the Syndicate)
Week 1 : #8 CMJ Top 200 ADDS
Week 2 : #54 CMJ Top 200 (new entry)
Week 4: #39 CMJ Top 200

SXSW 2013 : Official selection: 1 showcase
CMW 2013 : Official selection: 2 showcases

CISM 89.3 and CHYZ 94.3 top 5 albums of the year

Montreal Mirror "2012 Noisemakers" (artists to watch)

Album of the Week - Voir Montreal (4.5/5)

#1 on CISM 89,3 (Montreal), CHYZ 94,3 (Québec City), CFOU 89,1 (Trois-Rivières), CIBL 101,5 (Montreal), CKRL 89,1 (Quebec)

8,2/10 – Violent Success

3 nominations at the prestigious ADISQ gala:
- Alternative album of the year
- Album of the year - critics' choice
- Videoclip of the year

iTunes Rewind 2011 - Best French song of the year "Homa"
#1 on CISM 89,3 (Montreal), CHYZ 94,3 (Québec City), CFOU 89,1 (Trois-Rivières)
Top 5 on CIBL 101,5 (Montreal), CKRL
Top 25 on CBC Radio 3
Top 15 on MusiquePlus