“Are you a person or a program?” asks Toronto-Ottawa-based duo Beaugé Soleil (the collaborative soundchild of emcee/producer, Beaugé & singer/songwriter Soleil). Born of a kinship sparked by a chance meeting at an open mic night, the duo invites listeners to lean into the question further on “Eagleaire,” the first single from their forthcoming EP, Watchtower, due early 2023 via Public Records.

Bass-heavy production supports the bouncy beat of the track as Soleil’s soulful vocals merge with Beaugé’s poetic verses, as a reflection on ancestral lineage and foundations that fuel each step forward.

Inspired by various neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz, blues & psych rock muses, Watchtower is a sonic experience that escapes its current landscape to create its own world. Produced by the enigmatic Ethics, multi-instrumentalist producer, Just Unlimited, and Beaugé (who is executive producer and mix engineer), Watchtower is comprised of a five-song journey featuring both duet and solo pieces showcasing each artist’s dimensions, while adding depth to the vision that is “The Watchtower”: music paying homage to those that paved the path without pantomiming the legends.

Artwork for the single “Eagleaire” by Beaugé Soleil

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