Suzanne de Bussac Songwriter/Singer/Musician
Not one to be held back by any old lockdown, Suzanne de Bussac is on the comeback circuit for 2022 with new music recently recorded and ready to go cross country. Secret Valentine is the first single from her forthcoming album Liquids, to be released over the course of the year as a series of songs and EPs. Secret Valentine, a gently evocative song with wistful vocals and coaxing keyboards, deals with the longings of lovers lost, the perils of forbidden love, and a self described “idealistic” version of a perfect love that includes the world yet expands beyond including elements of nature, the cosmos, and ultimately spiritual connection. “It speaks to more than just romantic affection,” de Bussac shares.
Produced by composer-musician Dean Drouillard, one of Suzanne’s longtime musical comrades, the album also features the Toronto-based band Communism, featuring the jaw-droppingly versatile combination of Kurt Swinghammer (guitar), Don Kerr (drums), and Kevin LaCroix (bass). Suzanne calls this teaming up “a happy accident. Dean and I really wanted to work off the floor with a band, and the initial plan was for him to come to record in Calgary. He’d already been speaking to me about Communism being the band on this project as being the best ones to bring my music to life” she states. “Between my band breakup and lockdown, the decision was made to move forward with he project lockdown style”. de Bussac recorded the Piano and vocals at the Asylum For Art in Calgary, and remaining instruments laid down through home studios and Dean’s Hepbourne Lab. Drouillard’s vision of musical synthesis came through in the best gangbuster style. The music soars, and Suzanne couldn’t be happier. “Artistically it is beyond my wildest dreams” she says. “You can feel the love and connection between them in the work…it was like that for the whole process”.
Suzanne de Bussac is a committed believer in Kahlil Gibran’s contention that “work is love made visible.” And she’s been loving the work of making music ever since she can remember. Launching herself over the years on a many-sided exploration of the meanings and the magnitude of music, Suzanne has made melodies and lyrics both her inner domain and her public platform. Tireless in her creative drive, she’s evolved from her early days of growth and learning with the Royal Conservatory of Music to a stint as a music industry executive to a producer/programmer for her own communications company Tranzister Productions. And throughout it all she’s often been found crooning and cresting on the stages of various club circuits, kicking off the national release of her debut album The Valley of Baca (2000), and a building a collection of bright, shiny tunes full of progressive hooks, catchy rhythms, clean-burning musical energy, and a flair for the tuneful and the trenchant. Her second album Shiver Stories (2018) earned a nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, a place in Alberta Music’s Merchandise tent on the festival circuit, and entry into the finals for the Ship & Anchor Songwriting contest.
Suzanne’s music and live performances have turned heads and sharpened ears with its cascading, wonderstruck style and unshakable intensity. “Anyone who can appreciate the fine art of songwriting accompanied by fleeting moments of Kate Bush brilliance should become intimate with Suzanne de Bussac,” exclaimed Exclaim! magazine. while Collected Sounds recognized her as “a very evocative singer...de Bussac’s talent as a songwriter (is) evident.” It’s all exemplified her longstanding credo that music is a direct connection to the “world between the worlds”.).
When she’s not locked down due to Covid19, Suzanne performs as a solo artist, as well as with her all-female trio The Mad Hatters. She teaches piano from her home in Calgary while raising three fabulous teenagers.
Secret Valentine will be released across streaming platforms on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2022.