Recorded in London and L.A., Melancholy Fever is the follow-up we’ve all been waiting for since Bellemare’s 2014 debut EP Live and Die, which NPR hailed as “carefully composed”; true to that real-and-soulful dynamic, the songs on Melancholy Fever encapsulate a sort of tranquil sense of longing that Bellemare artfully delivers. “I found inspiration in my anxiety from this album … I realized I was writing a lot of the songs to help myself deal with the feelings and emotions I was having,” Bellemare stated. If you missed her debut EP, you can check it out below:
The lead single “Shenanigans” with its urgent sense of rhythm and soul-fused pop stylings twists lyrics like “You make me feel like a crazy bitch” into an unlikely message of empowerment. “I wrote that song partly as a way to deal with a few situations where I’d come off as weak, and really wanted to prove myself,” says Geneviève. Interview magazine recently named “Shenanigans” their TRACK OF THE WEEK. The strikingly coy video for the lead single, which was directed by Gus Black can now be viewed on Vevo. Bellemare has worked on Melancholy Fever with producers like Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello), Tony Berg (Nickel Creek), Paul O’Duffy (Amy Winehouse), and busbee (Ingrid Michaelson) to conceptualize an eccentric sound delicately arranged to create her uniquely soulful yet pop-based sound.