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Listen to Hibou

The paths of Amélie Nault and Olivier Beaulieu first crossed in Quebec City, where the pair enjoyed revisiting classics from their idols. The inseparable duo began to lay the groundwork for an as-yet amorphous musical project. Then came the breakthrough: after a few carefully-chosen appearances, Nault and Beaulieu met Alexandre Blais and Simon Pedneault, who helped polish the sound and confirm the tone.

It is hard to find words to describe i.No's relentless, unsettling sound. An uninhibited fabric of sound, whose grainy harmonies lend orchestral overtones, both sensual and haunting. Elements of folk, rock and soul beat together in the same heart.

Their tremendously intoxicating music attracted immediate attention both from industry insiders and the public. They won the Festival
Envol et Macadam Global Battle of the Bands in 2009 and the Plus beau rythme de la Mauricie prize at the Festivoix de Trois-Rivières in 2010. Next to take note was the Festival Diapason, whose audience voted the young quartet their most favorite. The band also had standout appearances at the Festival d'Été de Québec and the Festival de Musique Émergente en Abitibi.

As they gained momentum, the band played shows all over the province, as well as in France, appearing both as headliners and in support of such luminaries as David Usher, Morcheeba, Karkwa, Yoav, Martha Wainwright and The Sounds, to name but a few.

After some 20,000 YouTube hits for their video "Mon chéri", written in memory of a friend who died too soon, and a four-track EP including the popular "Label Me", the group is preparing to launch their first full-length album, to be entitled Haunted Hearts, in February 2012. And this promises to be just the first step in a great journey—why wait?

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