Following his debut 7” single for Berlin label New Pangea in 2015, Manu Louis' debut album Kermesse Machine delivers a warped mix of post-modern pop, where luxurious horns elegantly collide with cheap synths to cradle the lyrical observations, sung in French and English.
Recorded in Berlin, Brussels and Rome, Kermesse Machine combines the exotic and glamorous pop of Manu’s childhood with the tacky sounds of Belgian popular music that he always did his best to ignore (big band, Eurodance, industrial trance, wedding performers). He describes his solo record as “a mountain of plastic littering the streets the day after a party, a digital tropical marching band, a man that gives his all at a karaoke session when there is nowhere else to sing, a virtuoso gypsy playing a trumpet sound on a synthesizer”. Manu Louis creates music that crosses through contradictions and inevitably evokes the atmosphere of street parties. He has crafted his own style that Felix Kubin describes as “really fun(ky) and clever and playful music, and I’d be happy to hear it in the aquarium of the deep sea club anytime”.
Manu is a Belgian musician, composer and singer. He has traversed genres such as jazz, contemporary classical, chanson française and more recently electronic music. Since 2015, he has performed over one hundred shows across Europe and China (at Fusion Festival and the Berghain Kantine in Germany, at Contra Pop Festival in the U.K. etc.). In his furious solo concerts, Manu accompanies his songs by video projections and a village of electronic instruments. His previous projects include Funk Sinatra and The Gardening Group, and he has also composed for chamber orchestras, string ensembles and marching bands.
All songs composed, produced and arranged by Manu Louis
Recorded and mixed by Alex Davidson at Studio Pyramide, Brussels
Additional recordings : Rome (StudioSette), Homestudio in Valencia, Berlin & Brussels
Mastering by Gavin Weiss at Gavin Weiss Mastering, Hamburg
Pictures by Jason Evans
Design by Tom Watt
Label : Igloo+
Manu Louis : voice, guitars, synth, prog + Sarah Klenes : voice + Yann Lecollaire : synth, prog + Dan Barbenel : organ, string machine, synth +Stefano Vicarelli: rhodes, clavinet, synth + Johan Dupont : piano, electric piano, synth + Pascal Rousseau : Tuba +Stephan Pougin : drums, percussions + Da sigma Brass quintet: Antoine Dawans & Jonathan Bernard : trumpet, Jonathan Rongvaux : french horn, Jean-François Cosentino : trombone/euphonium, Jean-Julien Servais : tuba