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La nuit est une panthère
Voilà un projet unique côté québécois : il n’existe en Amérique francophone aucun équivalent connu publiquement à Les Louanges (pseudo de Vincent Roberge), garçon biberonné au jazz, mais aussi à la soul, au funk, au hip-hop, à la vaporwave, à la chillwave… et à l’écriture poétique. Alain Brunet, La Presse
Vincent Roberge donne dans le jazz à ascendance rap – ou serait-ce le contraire? –, tapisse ses compositions de guitares basses funk, de chant R&B. Une proposition extrêmement riche et impossible à étiqueter, possiblement le meilleur disque québécois de la rentrée. Catherine Genest, VOIR
Les Louanges consists of Vincent Roberge... and that is it! The multi-instrumentalist - finalist at the 2017 Francouvertes and the 2015 Festival International de la Chanson de Granby - made a splash thanks to his EP’s jazzy, slacker-rock vibe and the unique timbre of his voice. For his debut full-length La nuit est une panthère, the young producer embarks on a new path by exploring more chillwave, R&B and hip-hop sounds.leslouanges.com/
La nuit est une panthère is the album that Les Louanges (whose real name is Vincent Roberge) wanted to release a long time ago. Both down-to-earth and poetic, the 14 pieces reflect his immense talent as an artist. He sings in French and belongs to that new generation of Quebec artists whose main artistic approach is to deconstruct musical genres and styles. He leads the audience through a variety of different tones while staying true to his roots in his lyrics.
His new album is a good mix of eclectic songs. It’s pop, it’s jazzy (the song Jupiter), with a perfectly balanced amount of R&B (Westcott), hip-hop (Tercel) and chillwave. I’ve always listened to hip-hop and I have a training in jazz music. I’m very familiar with both genres, he highlights. His music is inspired by great contemporary composers as well as a new generation of forward thinking artists. He cites Frank Ocean, Hiatus Kaiyote, BadBadNotGood and Robert Glasper as his main influences.
The creating process of this new project is significantly different from his previous work (Le Mercure EP, 2017). I had to relearn how to write, he admits. I found my own flow, then proceeded to adapt my lyrics to my music.
As a multi-instrumentalist who plays a little bit of everything in the recording studio, Les Louanges surrounded himself with talented musicians to create La nuit est une panthère. William Côté (Misc) plays the drums on most songs, Pierre-David Girard plays the bass and Félix Petit is on keys and saxophone. The latter co-produced the album with Vincent Roberge himself. Pianist Jérôme Beaulieu (Misc, Bellflower) makes an appearance on songs Tercel and DMs. He manages to takes the melodies apart, which add to the final result’s texture.
Les Louanges consists of Vincent Roberge... and that is it! He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays a little bit of everything in the recording studio and who surrounds himself with other musicians on stage. Les Louanges launched his first EP, Le Mercure, on his Bandcamp page in 2016. He added an extra track, Encéphaline (which won a SOCAN Songwriting Prize), then formally released the EP the following year. Finalist at the 2017 Francouvertes and the 2015 Festival International de la Chanson de Granby, the Montreal-based Lévis-native made a splash thanks to his EP’s jazzy, slacker-rock vibe and the unique timbre of his voice. For his debut full-length La nuit est une panthère, the young producer embarks on a new path by exploring more chillwave, R&B and hip-hop sounds.
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