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Tu me Manques

 

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Rachel Andie is a Japanese American multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Philadelphia. Raised in Lansdale, PA; Andie has been vibrant piece of the local music scene since she started playing First Fridays outside of Red Lotus Tattoo at the age of 17. She has come a long way in her musical journey in Philadelphia, and now plays shows all throughout the city with her band, The Fifth Element. She also writes for her solo project consisting of looping guitar, intricate vocals, and tap dancing as percussion. Her debut album "The Common Calamity" was independently released in August of 2016 with her backing band, We The People, at the age of 19. In January of 2018, she formed a six piece band, Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element, an alternative ambient folk group consisting of local musicians and educators in Philadelphia. Through a successful Kickstarter campaign, they were able to record their first live studio album titled "Tu Me Manques" which was released on December 1st, 2018. They have been featured on WXPN’s The Key & Folk Show, WEEU The Sound Room, SXSW Official Showcase, NPR Slingshot Artists, & many more. The group continues to play on a weekly basis all throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, and will be planning their first tour for the summer of 2019.

 
 
 
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NPR SLingshot SCENES : 10 Must hear songs from Philadelphia

Contemplative singer-songwriter Rachel Andie explores time, memory and various facets of interpersonal connection on her second full-length album, Tu Me Manques (French for "I Miss You"), released in late 2018. After a difficult adolescence – she dropped out of high school at 15 and worked in the service industry to support herself, all while living with bipolar depression – Andie went on to become a music educator, and today her nonprofit brings music instruction to various under served schools in Philly.

With her band The Fifth Element, she recorded an album that meditates on love, distance, independence and personal growth, and the dreamlike "Waves" touches on a duality of emotion and identity. Andie sings in English and Japanese in tribute to her mother, and though some lyrics seem to describe a fading past, posing the question "Do you not remember anymore?" in Japanese, the English refrain describes a permanent connection, despite barriers: "Forever in the tide / You and I collide / Oh, porous is my mind."

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/28/706918284/slingshot-scenes-10-must-hear-songs-from-philadelphia?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=music

“Waves” - Single release from LP “ Tu Me Manques”

“Waves” - Single release from LP “Tu Me Manques”

“The phrase Tu Me Manques, French for “I miss you,” is a relatively simple sentiment that Andie interprets with deeper nuance throughout the 11-track album, as overarching themes of memory and loss weave her songs into an intricate narrative. She sings in Japanese and English on the haunting lead single “Waves” in honor of her mother, and embraces a poppier sound with the catchy, five-minute “Before I Sleep.” Other tracks range from soft and meandering to bright and upbeat as the songwriter explores the passage of time and the implications of change. Often this comes through best with Andie’s vivid associations with nature, as she shares observations on everything from birds to seasons; on “A Stone” she captures the essence of it all with the line “Cause day after day this earth crumbles & is born again / And like the waves & the weeds tumble / Just remember, you are free my friend.”
— http://thekey.xpn.org/2018/12/09/rachel-andie-the-fifth-element-tu-me-manques/
Just released, this full length album is truly a masterpiece. Each song has raw, dynamic waves and a very beautifully cultivated sound. We are so excited to see what else happens for this amazing group of musicians!

— https://snfmusic.com/10-amazing-music-releases-of-2018/

In this episode, we bring on Rachel Andie, incredible songwriter and singer. WE dive deep into her past to figure out why she plays, the Philly music community, the music news, how she feels about top 40, and her love for BLINK 182!

SXSW 2019 Official Showcase : Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element

SXSW 2019 Official Showcase : Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element

It was an opportunity to showcase some of the best music talent our city has to offer...
— Dave Silver : Founder of REC Philly
Serene, pensive and undeniably beautiful, Rachel Andie’s standout release “Tu Me Manques” tugged at all the right strings upon its release last year 🦋
— Underground Arts : Philadelphia
Photograph by Bob Sweeney

Photograph by Bob Sweeney

Rachel Andie is a brilliant display of power, passion and charisma, all wrapped up into one Philly based singer-songwriter. You’ll always leave her show wanting more.
— Milkboy : Philadelphia
Photograph by Skyler Jenkins

Photograph by Skyler Jenkins