Rachel Leblanc is a Montreal-based singer/songwriter and creative mastermind behind the rising recording project Vanille. With Vanille, Leblanc specializes in a sound that exists somewhere between of 60s folk and French chanson and brings the listener into a dreamlike world of dense forests and swooning heartbreak.
Leblanc’s sophomore album, which will reportedly feature lush arrangements and melodies is slated for a February 2023 release through Bonbonbon Records in Canada and Boogie Drugstore in Europe. And to build up buzz for the new album, the French Canadian artist will be busy touring along the European festival circuit this fall, making stops at Austria’s Waves Festival, France’s MAMA Festival and Belgium’s FrancoFaune Festival.
The French Canadian artist’s latest single, the swooning “À bientôt,” translates into English as “see you soon.” And although the song is centered around a lush arrangement of strummed, reverb-drenched guitars, gently padded drumming paired with Leblanc’s achingly tender falsetto delivery and an expansive psych folk-meets-psych rock song structure. But at its core is a tale as old as time itself: a heartbroken narrator, left with the devastation of a newly-ended relationship, their memories — and naturally, their bitter heartbreak.
Directed by Gabriella Quesnel-Olivo, the accompanying video for “À bienôt” is seemingly set in 17th or 18th century France: We’re introduced to Leblanc/Vanille riding a horse through a field before a flashback to Leblanc with her beloved at a picnic in the same fields. The video ends with an equally ironic and shocking conclusion — Leblanc’s character poisoning her lover and escaping.