Les Louanges is the project of Vincent Roberge, singer-songwriter of raw talent and established musical audacity. Drawing inspiration from Frank Ocean, Robert Glasper and Richard Desjardins, the artist offers a modern panorama of R&B, jazz and soul coated in an alternative pop that seeks different soundscapes without ever losing its original groove. His straightforward poetry based on surrealistic and sensitive imagery clashes with his loose and casual phrasing.
The Levis-born artist hits hard with the release of his debut effort, La nuit est une panthère. Released in September 2018 via Bonsound, the album was praised by critics for its refreshing musical blend, which brings groove back to the forefront of a Quebec music scene historically focused on guitars and folk.
The word spread quickly across the Atlantic: Les Louanges received a memorable welcome in France, playing five times at the 2018 Transmusicales de Rennes and performing at a few well-known venues in Paris, such as La Maroquinerie and La Boule Noire. Back home in Canada, his momentum continued to grow as his album made its way onto the very select Polaris Prize Short List and accumulated the most prestigious honors.
Far from resting on his laurels, Vincent Roberge returned in the summer of 2019 with Expansion Pack, an EP best described as “La nuit est une panthère on steroids". More adventurous than ever before with his compositions, the singer-songwriter lays the foundation for his sophomore album, Crash.
Released on January 21st, 2022 via Bonsound, Crash marks a shift towards a resolutely more pop sound for Les Louanges, but in a musical quest that is as ambitious and inventive as ever. This album embodies the dizzying and eye-opening instability that its author experienced following the release of his first opus. Crash not only earned him a spot on the Polaris Prize Long List, but also nominations at the ADISQ Gala in the categories of Songwriter or Composer of the Year, Album of the Year - Alternative and Album of the Year - Critics' Choice, as well as a win in the category of Arrangements of the Year alongside his long-time collaborator Félix Petit.