After weeks of searching various playlists and Instagram pages, stumbling upon Burgundy’s single “Cigar in the Snow” was the equivalent to drinking a glass of ice-cold water on a hot summer’s day. Stepping onto the scene in 2019 with his track ‘Sane,’ the young musician is a quadruple threat, playing various instruments, singing, songwriting, and even producing a lot of his own music. This new single is his first release of 2021 and is a lyrical snapshot of his emotions and experience during the first wave of the COVID lockdown.
Hailing from gloomy Montreal, Burgundy’s love and interest for music peaked when he picked up the basics of piano at the age of 6. Since then, the now 19-year-old artist has greatly expanded his skillset and takes musical inspiration from an array of artists ranging from Dominick Fike to Flume and many others. Drawing from a multitude of influences, Burgundy produces a unique sound that does not confine to the genre roles that exist.
“Cigar in the Snow” is a chill-experimental song that draws listeners using smooth-hazy vocals, storytelling lyrics, and layered production. When talking about the series of events that led to creating the song, Burgundy explains:
“It was about -30 degrees outside and there weren’t a lot of things to do… My girlfriend had been living at my house for a little while and… We were living with my parents, my grandparents, and my great grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. We all love her but her presence was exhausting for my family and set a heavy tone on our daily lives. My girl and I started going to a small lakeside cottage that my family bought a couple of years ago once every 2 weeks or so… That’s where we’d unwind and have fun and we accumulated a lot of memorable nights. I started writing the song there and I wanted to encapsulate what the nights spent there were like through a song. Even though the time spent there was amazing, we were always talking about how going there in the summertime would be crazy.”
After writing all the lyrics and producing a home demo of “Cigar in the Snow,” Burgundy and his producer made the track we now enjoy. He hopes to release his debut EP before the year is over and enjoy life to the fullest once the lockdowns have been lifted. In the meantime, you can listen to “Cigar in the Snow” below. I promise you won’t regret it, 10/10 vibes!