Please consider donating to CMHA Champlain East

Please consider donating to CMHA Champlain East

THE MESS (single)

Melanie Brulée

HEY HI! **50% of proceeds goes to the Canadian Mental Health Association, East Champlain branch to help folx in Melanie's hometown receive mental health care, please give generously.**

Written by Melanie Brulée and Davy Gallant during a self-guided writing residency at Toronto Island’s Artscape Gibraltar Point, THE MESS is Melanie Brulée’s take on an all-too-familiar inner struggle: a showdown between Anxiety and Depression, each fighting for power over its host and THE MESS that is left in the wake.

The track begins with chunky acoustic guitars and then satiates us with a catchy chorus, in a somewhat edgier indie-roots-rock direction for Brulée whose previous concept album Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind alluded to the Western desert sounds of a Tarantino/Morricone soundtrack. Despite the latter being her first anglophone release in the USA, the album was critically acclaimed by No Depression as well as The Bluegrass Situation, and earned her invites to prestigious performances such as SXSW, Americanafest, and Bluesfest Ottawa.

An advocate for mental health awareness since her first first solo release (a Francophone indie-rock album titled Debridée in 2015), Melanie has used her platform to faciliate conversations about mental wellness, suicide, and self confidence, engaging with audiences bilingually through performances, workshops and interviews across Canada and the USA where she has spent the last few years touring heavily.

At a quick glance of the single artwork, we see Melanie making a finger-gun gesture pointing at a mirror image of herself, referencing the line You can point your pistol at me, but I’m the quicker draw. She explains, “It’s about that inner voice that sometimes sounds like it’s out to destroy us and how easily that can spiral out of control. Regardless of where those feelings of unworthiness stem from - whether systemic, through media, from our childhood, or due to chemical imbalances within us - these false stories we tell ourselves can be exhausting and destructive to our self-image and confidence. I want to highlight that there is help, we all go through this, and no one is alone.”

THE MESS is the first of a series of singles to be released in the coming year. And Francophone fans ought not feel left out - she’ll be releasing a French language single titled Crier this coming winter.
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Y'ALL! I made my first music video using footage generously donated by filmmakers from around the world. I'm excited for you to see it. It comes out officially on Wednesday October 28th but you can watch it here first, since you have been such a great support. Check it out!


This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.



Super excited to release new music into the world after a bit of a forced (and let's be honest-  much needed) hiatus.  THE MESS is produced by Davy Gallant and I, written at Toronto Island's Artscape Gibraltar Point during a songwriting residency. It's about a showdown between anxiety and depression, as if they were fighting for control over their host. I know a lot of us can relate to this in times like these, I hope you find solace in THE MESS. We are all THE MESS. It's high time we own it.  

Please consider purchasing the song on Bandcamp (below) as 50% of the proceeds will go to the Canadian Mental Health Association East Champlain branch in my hometown to help folx access the mental health care they need. 💕

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

APRIL 7: #CanadaPerforms #CanadaEnPrestation


Thanks to a collaboration between Facebook, Slaight Music and The National Arts Centre/Centre National des Arts, I'll be performing a bilingual interactive live stream from my salon to yours. Join me by clicking the link below:

Photo by Tomo Nogi 


Melanie Brulée + Zachary Lucky

Join us for an intimate evening featuring Zachary Lucky and Melanie Brulée at Burdock Music Hall in Toronto on Feb 20th. Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm. 

Tickets here:


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