Montreal folk-pop/Americana singer-songwriter Geneviève Racette unveils the music video for her latest single, “Same Old Me,” a track from Racette’s upcoming fourth studio album, Golden, slated to drop this fall.
Written by Racette and Danielle Knibbe, the genesis for “Same Old Me” occurred following a social event. As she walked home, memories of the gathering flitted through her mind, weaving a narrative of self-doubt and insecurity.
Contemplating her constant struggle with these feelings, “Same Old Me” questions whether this cycle of insecurity will ever break. Thus, the song becomes a poignant reflection on the destructive nature of insecurity, inviting listeners into a raw exploration of the burden of perceived flaws and the ongoing struggle for self-acceptance.
Co-producing ‘Same Old Me,’ Racette collaborated with François-Pierre Lue. The song features Geneviève’s soulful vocals and skillful acoustic guitar performance, along with the talents of Matt Kelly (Alexisonfire, City and Colour) on pedal steel, Quatuor ESCA on strings, and Marika Galea skillfully handling the upright bass.
Since her debut EP in 2014, Racette has become a rising star in both the French and English-speaking Canadian music scenes, known for her vulnerable lyricism and ethereal vocals.
Satellite, her third album, released in 2022, with the deluxe version following in 2023, received vast acclaim from elite media outlets.
As a woman in the music industry, Racette prioritizes surrounding herself with like-minded women-identifying individuals. She has headlined numerous shows across Canada and the United States and showcased at prestigious music events such as Folk Alliance International, Folk Music Ontario, NERFA, AMERICANAFEST, and Canadian Music Week.
“Same Old Me” opens on soft, gleaming colors, shaping a diaphanous sonic palette that drifts on a gentle, swaying rhythm. Sweeping strings infuse the melody with musing surfaces as Racette’s velvety vocals imbue the lyrics with poignant, introspective tones.
“I always thought it would magically happen one day / But nothing has changed and there’s 32 candles on my cake / So can you tell me how long’s it gonna be / A brand new year with the same old me.”
The video, a collaboration between Director of Photography Mathieu Samson and Creative Director Laurie TB, intricately blends present-day with nostalgic glimpses into Geneviève’s childhood. Set against the backdrop of an abandoned cemetery and church in the village of Rivière-La Guerre, Racette reflects on her past, juxtaposed with intimate footage from her youth.
Highlighted by the delicate register of Geneviève Racette, “Same Old Me” reveals a charming artlessness that’s enchanting.
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