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Manceau

Genres: French pop, Pop

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Since the summer of 2009, French band Manceau have been composing colorful and elegant pop music shaped with both simplicity and melodic ambition. But Despite being influenced by Britpop icons, their melodies have their own peculiarity. Their 2010’s On a Mellow Day EP, a small collection of sophisticated and happy folk songs was a clear example of this and so was Life Traffic Jam, their subtle synthpop debut album produced by Xavier Boyer and Pedro Resende (Tahiti 80) and released on their own imprint (Monophonics) two years later. In common with the authors of Puzzle is the search for the perfect arrangement in composing intelligent demanding music able to touch everyone. Since then, their music shaped with both erudition and irreverence has echoed and been acclaimed overseas, especially in Asia. Life Traffic Jam first released in Japan on JVC Victor (5000 copies sold) where the foursome toured in May of 2012. Then, the band licensed the album for release in China,Taiwan and Korea. These deals gave them the opportunity to play and promote the LP in China and Korea in 2013 and 2014. Manceau’s currently putting the finishing touches to their second album. After a whole year spent at their own recording studio, they’ve collaborated with Stephane “Alf” Briat (Air’s Moon Safari, Sebastien Tellier, Cassius…) who’s mixed the new songs with a French touch’s savoir-faire that fits perfectly with their bright and pastel melodies. “A scintillating, sizzling gold nugget of a first album. Impeccable pop” – les inrockuptibles “The foursome’s compositions deal with themes of joy and melancholy with equal grace. A beautifully carved pop” – Magic “Immensely gifted in pop jewellery, the four young men are a more muscular Belle & Sebastian, a more skilful Kooks. Their style is highly calligraphic, their sound profoundly pointillist and their arrangements terribly accomplished” – inrocks.com “It has something to do with the joy of blending the pop harmonies of Fleet Foxes or Mercury Rev with the beautiful melodic landscapes of their distant cousins MGMT and Beach House” – rfi.com «An adorable, charming little creature ressembling Polyphonic Spree, Allo Darlin, Mercury Rev, Moldy Peaches and all manner of cuteesy indie pop classic» - NME “A refined and well-read condensate of Anglo-Saxon pop” – Plugged “Elegant and sophisticated” – Rock & Folk
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