This autumn was a turning point for Les Louanges. Named Breakthrough artist of the year at the GAMIQ awards last Sunday, the young singer-songwriter won over critics and audiences with the release of his debut album, described in VOIR as possibly one of the best Quebec albums this season. Today, he presents a music video for his title track La nuit est une panthère, directed by Pablo Escobar Tuduri (Martine aimait les films) and featuring himself and dancer Cassandre Émanuel.
In the age of cyber relationships, the music video (shot in one-take) depicts the well-known reality of online sexuality. It’s something that exists, so why not explore it?, the artist explains, in reference to the protagonists’ relationship in the video and today’s consumption of digital sexuality. Even though La nuit est une panthère is one of the sweetest songs on the album, it follows the same groove as the other tracks. The guitar and voice arrangements fit the lyrics perfectly and showcases a more grounded side of the project.
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 songs 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.
Les Louanges will head off to France next week for a series of five dates in Rennes during the Trans Musicales festival and another stop in Paris at the Pop-Up du Label. Visit his website for all his tour dates.
11/29/18 Lévis, QC // L'Anglicane (SOLD OUT)
12/05-09/18 Rennes, FR // Théâtre L'Aire Libre (Trans Musicales - Opening act of Aloïse Sauvage)
12/12/18 Paris, FR // Le Pop-Up du Label
01/17/19 Ste-Thérèse, QC // Bar Le Cha Cha
01/19/19 L'Assomption, QC // Théâtre Hector-Charland (Opening act of Philippe Brach)
01/26/19 La Baie, QC // Bistro Café Summum
02/02/19 Lavaltrie, QC // Café Culturel de la Chasse-Galerie
02/22/19 Montreal, QC // MTELUS (Opening act of Ariane Moffatt)
02/23/19 Gatineau, QC // Le Petit Chicago
03/22/19 Quebec city, QC // Impérial Bell (Opening act of Ariane Moffatt)
06/13/19 Drummondville, QC // Maison des arts Desjardins - Studio EGR
06/18/19 Montreal, QC // Club Soda (Francos de Montréal festival)
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