Vincent Roberge, the Montreal singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist known as Les Louanges, was just about to introduce his 2018 debut album, the Polaris Prize-shortlisted La nuit est une panthère, to European audiences when the world ground to a halt. “I’d been on tour nonstop for two years and when I got back, I self-isolated at a cottage,” Roberge tells Apple Music. “Instead of dwelling on it, I threw myself into my work and converted the cottage into a studio.” Produced with his collaborator Félix Petit, aka FELP, Crash builds on the languid groove established on Les Louanges’ previous LP with a broader sound palette. It’s also a chronicle of the last few years. “It’s an overview of everything that’s happened in my life since my debut album. It’s almost a documentary. Each song is a little accident, a high point. It’s a journal in which I explain who I am: Vincent is no longer the young 22-year-old guy from the first album.”

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