A couple days before the release of his debut album, Les Louanges splinters himself into different parts in his new music video for DMs. Flirting with humor and illusion, the video leaps into the artist’s imagination and reveals one of his biggest fantasies: being able to call on a substitute to replace himself in certain situations. DMs is a long letter from someone I will never answer back, the artist explains. You can run after me if you want, but I won’t be there.
After the release of Pitou and Tercel, Les Louanges unveils the third single from his debut album La nuit est une panthère, available on all digital platforms for preorder. The album will be out on September 21st via Bonsound.
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.
Don’t miss Les Louanges in a venue near you this autumn. The artist will perform a series of shows, starting with his album launch show in Montreal (sold-out) on September 20th at Le Ministère and on September 22nd at Maelstrøm in Quebec city (also sold-out).
09/20/18 Montreal, QC // Le Ministère (Album launch show - SOLD-OUT)
09/21/18 Gatineau, QC // Salle Jean-Despréz (Opening act of Philippe Brach) (Tickets)
09/22/18 Quebec city, QC // Maelstrøm Saint-Roch (SOLD-OUT)
10/05/18 Shawinigan, QC // Centre des arts de Shawinigan (Opening act of Philippe Brach) (Tickets)
11/01/18 Sainte-Thérèse, QC // Bar le Cha Cha
11/03/18 Trois-Rivières, QC // Café Bar Le Zénob
11/16/18 St-Hyacinthe, QC // Le Zaricot (Tickets)
11/29/18 Lévis, QC // L'Anglicane (Tickets)
01/19/19 L'Assomption, QC // Théâtre Hector-Charland (Opening act of Philippe Brach) (Tickets)
01/26/19 La Baie, QC // Bistro Café Summum
02/01/2019 Sherbrooke, QC // La petite boîte noire (Tickets)
02/02/19 Lavaltrie, QC // Café Culturel de la Chasse-Galerie (Tickets)
02/22/19 Montreal, QC // MTELUS (Opening act of Ariane Moffatt) (Tickets)
02/23/19 Gatineau, QC // Le Petit Chicago (Tickets)
03/22/19 Quebec city, QC // Impérial Bell (Opening act of Ariane Moffatt) (Tickets)