Nameless

by Dominique Fils-Aimé

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Dominique Fils-Aimé’s second album ‘Nameless’ draws inspiration from a poem by Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”. A writer, poet and civil rights activist, Angelou’s universal poem sends out a powerful message of hope in the name of those who are being oppressed and their ability to rise against injustice. Soothing, fiery, emotional, the album takes place overnight between dusk and dawn and pays homage to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

It took a year and a half to make this album during which Dominique Fils-Aimé researched the history and musical forms of blues and work songs and how African-American figures from the first half of the 20th century influenced the course of music. Dominique delves into the liberating force of the music that slaves engaged in at that time. “I wanted to understand how that music would make me feel and make my own representation of it,” she says.

‘Nameless’ is a socially engaged album in which Dominique lends her voice and rebellious energy to those oppressed. With the help of her best musicians, the album’s strong and uncluttered sound mainly relies on the use of drums, the upright bass, the guitar and keys to make room for Dominique’s sometimes smooth sometimes strong and firm voice backed by rich vocal harmonies.

Minimalistic and acoustic, ‘Nameless’ uses silence as an instrument for the music to breath and to accentuate subtle nuances, sometimes even unexpected sounds and the message that “silence was predominantly present at the time and needed to be broken, so how could we move forward? We needed to break the silence,” explains Dominique.

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released February 2, 2018

All songs written by Dominique Fils-Aimé (Ensoul Publishing) except for “Strange Fruit” written by Lewis Allan (ASCAP) and “Feeling Good” written by Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley (BMI)

Produced by Jacques Roy
All vocals: Dominique Fils-Aimé
Bass: Jacques Roy
Drums & percussions: Laurent Saint-Pierre
Keys: Jean-Michel Frédéric
Guitar: Étienne Miousse
Violin: Laurence Möller
Didgeridoo: Kevin Annocque
Photography: Kevin Millet
Artwork: Siou-Min Julien

Recorded at Studios OPUS in Assomption (Quebec), Canada under the supervision of Daniel Lepage. Engineered by Jacques Roy.
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montréal (Quebec), Canada.
℗ & © Ensoul Records, 2018. All rights reserved.

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Dominique Fils-Aimé Montreal, Québec

Dominique Fils-Aimé is a Polaris Music prize-nominated singer-songwriter from Montreal who draws inspiration from soul icons of the 40’s and 60’s such as Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Nina Simone. While her musical roots are grounded in early soul and jazz, her sound transcends contemporary urban soundscapes.
Her sophomore album 'Stay Tuned!' is available now!
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Track Name: Strange Fruit
Southern trees
Bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves
Blood at the root
Black bodies swinging
In the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging
From the poplar tree

Pastoral scene of the
Gallant south
The buldging eyes and
The twisted mouth
Scent of magnolia
So sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of
Burning flesh

Here is a fruit for the
Crows to pluck
For the rain to gather for the
Wind to suck
For the sun
For the sun to rot
For the trees to drop

Drop

Ahhhhh the trees to drop
Strange and bitter crop
Still strange and bitter
Track Name: Birds
So the sound of the birds taking off scared you last night
Thought they were right to leave
Right to use their wings to fly
So the sound of the birds taking off scared you last night
Thought they were right to leave
Right to use their wings to fly

I just can’t figure out is it too late or too early
Is it right on time
Could it be right on
If the crows set it right we could move out by dawn early
Could be right on time
Could be right on

So the sound of the birds taking off scared you last night
Thought they were right to leave
Right to use their wings to fly
So the sound of the birds taking off scared you last night
Thought they were right to leave
Right to use their wings to fly

Caught you staring at the ceiling
Still traveling fears
Thinking if you rise i rise
Since we'll bee waiting for the morning light
To heal the crumbling strength
Thinking if the sun rise i rise i run i run i

So the sound of the birds taking off scared you last night
Thought they were right to leave
Right to use their wings to fly
So the sound of the birds taking off scared you last night
Thought they were right to leave
Right to use their wings to fly

I can't figure out
Is it too late
Is it too early
Track Name: Home
Seems like sorrow
Never done leave nobody alone
Maybe by tomorrow
We could loose the thought of owning

But today i feel it
I won’t be going home
Yeah today i feel it
I just won't be going home

Got me walking on water
Got me good
Got me walking on water
Got me good

Seems the blues
Got me got me good good
Got me Good

La couleur de ton âme (x4)

Hmm (x8)

Seems like sorrow,
Never done leave nobody alone
Maybe by tomorrow
Maybe by tomorrow...
Track Name: Sleepy
I ain’t all that sleepy baby
I ain’t all that sleepy baby

I’ll be so glad
When the sun goes down
Grow my hair out
When the sun goes
I will carry my weight in gold even if you mind it
Watch me while you still be minding me
Getting what i want

That’s when i get to
Be by my baby
Dream by my baby’s side
I get to be by my baby
I get to dream by my baby’s side

How many roads you thought you’d string along
While still writing on the wall
Can’t deny the truth you bring
Could surely break them all
Instead we’ll meet by the river side
Yeah Imma wait by the river
Cause I
I will bury myself in gold even if you mind
Watch me while you still be minding me
Getting what i want

That’s when i get to
Be by my baby
Dream by my baby s side
I get to dream by my baby s side

Be by my baby
I get to be by my baby’s side
Be by my baby
I get to be
I get to dream
By my baby baby baby

Who’d a thought our mind could go on
Stretch that far
Close your eyes and come with me
Let’s watch it fall
Perhaps look over for some comfort
Why the city burning
City burning down
Feels good

Meaning while I get to dream by my baby
I get to dream
I get to dream

Cause I
I ain’t all that sleepy baby
Just wanna lie down
I ain’t all that sleep baby
Not gonna lie
Track Name: Nameless
Who's out there waking me up
Don't you know i was out until four in the morning
Who's out there shouting my name
Don't you know it don't belong to me
No more no more no more

Cause i'm now nameless and shapeless and faceless
Nameless and shameless and faithless
I'm now nameless and shapeless and faceless

I'm now free from what you wanted from me
I'm now, i'm now

I just could not step out could not step out could not step away from the Light
As it was gushing before me
Could not step on could not step on could not step
on a ground that lied
As it was lying before me

I just could not step out could not step out could not step away from the Light
Could not step on could not step on could not step

Who's out there tearing the world apart
Don't you know
It's not
Yours to break
Yours to take
Yours to shake down

Cause i'll be the river that fades in the sea
I'll be the flower that fell from the tree

Ain't no reason why
The daze you dreamed your drowned in
Should not be crawling in pain

Nameless
Faithless
Nameless
Shameless
Track Name: Rise
My my my my my
My my my my my Rise
My my my my my
(x4)

Well it's early in the morning
Sugar when i rise i rise
Said it's early in the morning
Sugar when I
Sug-sugar when I

You done livin' in Misery Bertha
You done livin' in Misery Bertha

I rise (X6)
Still i rise
I rise (x6)

My my my my my
My my my my my Rise
my my my my my
(x4)

Told you I ain't been to Georgia
Whoever done told it told a dirty lie
Told you i ain't been to Georgia
Humm the eagle on the dollar
Unlike the eagle on the dollar

You done livin' in Misery Bertha
You done livin' in Misery Bertha
When you rise

My my my my my
My my my my my Rise
(x4)
Track Name: Feeling Good
Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom in the tree you know how I feel
It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good
Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don't you know
Butterflies all havin' fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when the day is done
And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me
Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel
It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

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