French-Canadian sensation Coeur De Pirate made landfall at (Le) Poisson Rouge Tuesday night, treating seafarers and landlubbers alike to a regular treasure trove of fabulous songs. The singer, born Béatrice Martin, moved ably from aching piano ballads (“Francis,” “Comme Des Enfants”) to decidedly poppier fare (new tracks “Carry On,” “Crier Tout Bas,” “I Don’t Want To Break Your Heart”), keeping the capacity crowd enchanted all the while. Those new tracks boded well for Martin’s next album, due later this year.
Opening strings-and-keys combo Gracie and Rachel delivered a refreshingly sophisticated set of tunes, given extra weight by a gentleman playing a floor tom. As classically trained musicians trading in sounds that straddle genre lines, they fit in perfectly at the art-chic LPR.
Coeur De Pirate
Gracie and Rachel