Persona Grata ― 2022 ― 00 000

marcel

FR – marcel, c’est un fantôme carnavalesque qui aime faire beaucoup de boucan en se frottant à la joue des humains avec tendresse. Comme un chat boiteux à la queue duquel on aurait attaché des cymbales. Insupportable mais bizarrement sympathique. Leur musique doit autant à Jonathan Richman qu’aux frappes tendues de Steven Gerrard ; aux guitares tordues de Sonic Youth qu’à la peinture expressionniste allemande ; aux dessins-animés idiots de leur adolescence qu’à la philosophie présocratique.

Formé à Arlon, ville la plus ancienne de Belgique avec la plus haute concentration de cafés par habitants, marcel prend le plus souvent la forme d’un quintet. Les guitares et la basse font comparaître 50 ans de musique saturée devant un tribunal révolutionnaire : rock’n’roll, post-punk, punk-rock, grunge, noise, indie, tout ça défile joyeusement devant la barre, dans le désordre le plus complet. La batterie malaxe le tout avec des beats qui emportent l’auditeur dans une vieille locomotive fêlée, sans trop regarder dans le rétro. Enfin, la voix ressuscite le Sprechgesang de Brecht et la chanson dadaïste du Cabaret Voltaire dans une belle langue optimiste anglo-wallonne, comme un monsieur Loyal qui aurait fait ses armes au CBGB en gardant la nostalgie des pâtés gaumais.



EN – marcel is a carnival ghost who likes to make a lot of noise by rubbing his cheek on humans with tenderness. Like a lame cat with cymbals attached to its tail. Unbearable but strangely sympathetic. Their music owes as much to Jonathan Richman as to Steven Gerrard’s tense strokes; to Sonic Youth’s twisted guitars as to German expressionist painting; to the silly cartoons of their adolescence as to pre-Socratic philosophy.

Formed in Arlon, the oldest city in Belgium with the highest concentration of cafés per capita, marcel usually takes the form of a quintet. The guitars and the bass make 50 years of saturated music appear before a revolutionary court: rock’n’roll, post-punk, punk-rock, grunge, noise, indie, all that joyfully scrolls before the bar, in the most complete disorder. The drums mix it all up with beats that carry the listener away in a cracked old locomotive, without looking too much in the retro. Finally, the voice resurrects Brecht’s Sprechgesang and the dadaist song of the Cabaret Voltaire in a beautiful optimistic Anglo-Walloon language, like a Mr. Loyal who would have made his weapons in the CBGB by keeping the nostalgia of the gaumais pies.

Label

Luik Music

Territory

France

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FR – marcel, c’est un fantôme carnavalesque qui aime faire beaucoup de boucan en se frottant à la joue des humains avec tendresse. Comme un chat boiteux à la queue duquel on aurait attaché des cymbales. Insupportable mais bizarrement sympathique. Leur musique doit autant à Jonathan Richman qu’aux frappes tendues de Steven Gerrard ; aux guitares tordues de Sonic Youth qu’à la peinture expressionniste allemande ; aux dessins-animés idiots de leur adolescence qu’à la philosophie présocratique.

Formé à Arlon, ville la plus ancienne de Belgique avec la plus haute concentration de cafés par habitants, marcel prend le plus souvent la forme d’un quintet. Les guitares et la basse font comparaître 50 ans de musique saturée devant un tribunal révolutionnaire : rock’n’roll, post-punk, punk-rock, grunge, noise, indie, tout ça défile joyeusement devant la barre, dans le désordre le plus complet. La batterie malaxe le tout avec des beats qui emportent l’auditeur dans une vieille locomotive fêlée, sans trop regarder dans le rétro. Enfin, la voix ressuscite le Sprechgesang de Brecht et la chanson dadaïste du Cabaret Voltaire dans une belle langue optimiste anglo-wallonne, comme un monsieur Loyal qui aurait fait ses armes au CBGB en gardant la nostalgie des pâtés gaumais.



EN – marcel is a carnival ghost who likes to make a lot of noise by rubbing his cheek on humans with tenderness. Like a lame cat with cymbals attached to its tail. Unbearable but strangely sympathetic. Their music owes as much to Jonathan Richman as to Steven Gerrard’s tense strokes; to Sonic Youth’s twisted guitars as to German expressionist painting; to the silly cartoons of their adolescence as to pre-Socratic philosophy.

Formed in Arlon, the oldest city in Belgium with the highest concentration of cafés per capita, marcel usually takes the form of a quintet. The guitars and the bass make 50 years of saturated music appear before a revolutionary court: rock’n’roll, post-punk, punk-rock, grunge, noise, indie, all that joyfully scrolls before the bar, in the most complete disorder. The drums mix it all up with beats that carry the listener away in a cracked old locomotive, without looking too much in the retro. Finally, the voice resurrects Brecht’s Sprechgesang and the dadaist song of the Cabaret Voltaire in a beautiful optimistic Anglo-Walloon language, like a Mr. Loyal who would have made his weapons in the CBGB by keeping the nostalgia of the gaumais pies.

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