Two days before unveiling his sophomore album, Les Louanges dazzles with Crash, the title track of this new effort on which he collaborates with none other than Corneille. Tracing a series of impacts characterized by whirlwind romances and the tumult of his twenties, the long awaited album by the Montreal singer and multi-instrumentalist is out this Friday, January 21st via Bonsound. Crash will be available on vinyl, CD and on all music services.
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Penultimate song to this new collection of 15 mostly melancholic tracks, Crash follows Pigeons, Chaussée and Qu'est-ce que tu m'fais, three singles released in 2021. Filled with a certain euphoria, it is a bright spot at the end of an album rich in emotions and tainted with shadows. As much in its lyrics as in its instrumentation, Vincent Roberge (alias Les Louanges) reminds us that it is by the acknowledgment and acceptance of the difficulties which are imposed to us that one can advance: “Et si demain j’ai encore la gueule à terre, t’inquiète, le ciel va finir par se dégager” he sings on the vibrating and relaxed chorus of this new earworm. Crash is also the only song off the album to be performed with a guest artist. Although surprising, the collaboration between Les Louanges and the francophone R&B icon is quite natural.
In line with the themes tackled in the song, the music video for Crash, directed by William Arcand, stages the aftermath of a metaphorical bike crash where Les Louanges gets back up, ready more than ever to face the future that awaits him. He meets Corneille, whose presence symbolizes optimism and hope. The positive energy that radiates from the video is reinforced by the bright colors, enlivening shots and the complicity of the two protagonists.
The Crash tour will kick off in April and will include stops at MTELUS in Montreal on May 19th and L’Imperial Bell in Québec City on October 28th. Check out the listing below for all the dates and visit leslouanges.com to purchase tickets.
Echoing the last three years of Vincent Roberge's life, a pivotal period marked by the acclaim of his debut album La nuit est une panthère (2018), Crash is a recollection of harsh but necessary observations about love, friendships, success and all the loss of emotional control that follows. It's both the dream that turns into a nightmare and the yielding once the horizon clears.
Once again, it is alongside his good friend Félix Petit, co-producer and arranger of La nuit est une panthère, that Vincent Roberge crafted this second album. Accompanied by his trustworthy musicians Gabriel Godbout-Castonguay, Pierre-David Girard and William Côté, the artist also counts on the engaging voices of Quebec singers Marie-Christine Depestre and Dawn Cumberbatch for the backing vocals.
Announcing a more prominent pop direction, but through a musical quest that remains just as ambitious and inventive, Crash embodies the post-impact, the dizzying yet revealing imbalance that Vincent Roberge experienced after the big frenzy of the past few years. This sophomore album revives the complex and unique recipe of the singer-songwriter; his very own fluid and organic mix between R&B, jazz and soul. Equipped with a voice that is at once poised, versatile and laid-back, Les Louanges delivers brilliant, exploratory pop songs that take all sorts of avenues without ever losing the biting and languorous groove he is known for.
02/04/22 Waterloo, QC - Maison de la culture de Waterloo
08/04/22 Gatineau, QC - Minotaure
09/04/22 Gatineau, QC - Minotaure SOLD OUT
16/04/22 Lavaltrie, QC - Église St-Antoine
06/05/22 Ste-Thérèse, QC - Cabaret BMO
07/05/22 Frelighsburg, QC - Beat & Betterave SOLD OUT
12/05/22 Rimouski, QC - Salle Desjardins-Telus
13/05/22 Amqui, QC - Salle Jean-Cossette
14/05/22 Carleton-sur-Mer, QC - Studio Hydro-Québec du Quai des arts
19/05/22 Montréal, QC - MTELUS
30/09/22 Victoriaville, QC - Cabaret Guy-Aubert
08/10/22 Sherbrooke, QC - Théâtre Granada
13/10/22 Drummondville, QC - Maison des arts Desjardins
14/10/22 St-Irénée, QC - Domaine Forget
15/10/22 Rivière-du-Loup, QC - Centre Culturel Berger
28/10/22 Québec, QC - Impérial Bell
05/11/22 Brossard, QC - Le Club DIX30
11/11/22 Saint-Prime, QC - Vieux Couvent
12/11/22 Saguenay, QC - Théâtre Palace Arvida
09/12/22 St-Hyacinthe, QC - Cabaret André-H.-Gagnon
03/02/23 Trois-Rivières, QC - Cabaret de l'Amphithéâtre Cogeco