For all of Montreal’s fans of beat-making, hip-hop, R&B, house, and electronic music, it would be unwise to be anywhere but Le Belmont this Friday. The 25-year-old English producer Lapalux will be performing as part of a month-long North American tour, bringing his boundary-pushing yet accessible brand of music to Montreal for a rare appearance that is surely not to be missed.
Born Stuart Howard, the Essex native is riding momentum from his debut album Nostalchic, released earlier this year on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder record label. Lapalux’s music defies simple categorization, being all at once somber, soulful, abstract, unsettling, and beautiful.
There is an undeniable sense of care and thought that goes into every note in Lapalux’s repertoire, and listening to his music can incite deep self-reflection. Without complex lyrical content, he urges the listeners to look inward and speculate about life, love, and dance.
Lapalux’s atmospheric soundscapes capture the solemnity and heart of every day life and their constant intersections. These themes are put on display in the recent short film Chrysalis by Nick Rutter which is scored by Lapalux.
Compared with other artists of similar styles, Lapalux stands alone as one whose music carries a distinct weight. It is not simply party music, though it will make you move. Each song voices a statement, even if it is heard through our subconscious. Simply put, this is music that must be heard.
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Lapalux will be playing at Le Belmont Friday, September 13, and will be supported by Construct, Bus, and Sibian & Faun.