Kermesse Machine
(Igloo records, 2016)

Manu Louis : Vox, Gtr, Synth, Prog
Sarah Klenes : Vox
Yann Lecollaire : Synth, Prog
Dan Barbenel : Organ, Synth
Stefano Vicarelli : Kbd
Johan Dupont : Piano, Kbd
Pascal Rousseau : Tuba
Stephan Pougin : Drums, Percus.
Antoine Dawans : Trumpet
Jonathan Bernard : Trumpet
Jonathan Rongvaux : French Horn
Jean-François Cosentino : Trombone/Euphonium
Jean-Julien Servais : Tuba

Words and Music : Manu Louis

Rec : Alex Davidson
Add recording : StudioSette
Mix : Alex Davidson
Master : Gavin Weiss
Photo, Art Direction : Jason Evans
Design : Tom Watt

Kermesse Machine / 2016


“Le fanfaron du Kitsch.” LIBERATION


“This is Wagner in clown shoes, Morrissey on a carousel, and John Shuttleworth recognised as Poet Laureate” MUSICOMH


“plus coloré qu’une licorne vomissant un arc-en-ciel” GONZAI


« Manu Louis is back to give the world a well needed carnavalesque twist » LOCAL SUICIDE


"It’s a rowdy, joyous affair full of eminently danceable tunes" THE UNDERGROUND OF HAPPINESS



Kermesse Machine (Igloo records) is a hyper-eclectic CD/LP about the fairground

Building on the momentum of his debut 7” single for Berlin label New Pangea, Manu’s first full-length solo album delivers a warped mix of post-modern pop, where luxurious horns elegantly collide with cheap synths to cradle his lyrical observations, sung in French and English.

Recorded in Berlin, Brussels and Rome, Kermesse Machine combines the exotic glamour of the Anglo pop of Manu’s childhood with the tacky sounds of Belgian popular music that he always did his best to ignore (brass band, Eurodance, industrial trance, wedding performers).

In the artist’s own words, the record is “a mountain of plastic glasses in the streets the morning after, a tropical digital marching band, a guy giving all he’s got at Karaoke because there’s nowhere left to sing, a gypsy virtuoso playing synth with a trumpet sound.”








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